Thursday, April 29, 2010

Flatter Than Pancakes

Last night around supper time, I heard fire trucks screaming past my window, but I didn't pay much attention. Later I heard the news: a couple of blocks away, a hotel's parking garage had collapsed. The second level fell onto the first, squashing 20 cars "flatter than pancakes!"

Tonight, I sat on the steps of City Hall to sketch the scene. The street is still blocked off, but the passers-by, police and city workers seemed relaxed and even cheerful. I think one thought is in everybody's mind: "At least nobody was hurt!"

Monday, April 26, 2010


I watched this digger from the window of the cafe where I was eating a grilled cheese sandwich today. The machine kept turning its back on me, so lunch went like this: bite, look fast!, draw one line. Bite, look fast!, draw one line, etc. It was more about memorization than observation. A good exercise!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Coast Guard Ship

This ship was much bigger than the ones we usually see around here. Watching it work with the channel markers was like watching an elephant nuzzle up to a push-pin.

Isn't it funny how BIG I drew it? That's really how it looked to me at the time. When I got home and saw the photos, I laughed out loud.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


I arrived at the university library twenty minutes before it opened. I didn't have time to go searching for a great sketching subject, so I just drew the view that was in front of me. Sometimes that's the best way!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Unseasonably Warm

It felt almost surreal to be sitting outdoors without a jacket, drawing these spring flowers. Last week I was wearing mittens!