Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Shade-Dappled Street


Above: moving van in the shade on a James Ave. Faber Castel Pitt Artists Brush Pen and watercolor, on the OLD Folio paper. (I still have a couple books left made with this paper. Even in this quick sketch touching the brush to paper brought all the joy of using this paper back to me. I wish I had an unlimited supply.)


I arrived early to pick up a friend (we were going to see the William Holman Hunt Exhibition at the MIA—excellent). I didn't know how fast he would be so I thought what the heck, I'll sketch the moving truck (it was stationary, waiting to be loaded with people's belongings!) on his street.

What really caught my attention was the shadow on the street made from the trees in full-summer leafiness. Minneapolis lost many (most?) of the great elms lining our streets to Dutch Elm Disease, but the new, diverse, replacement trees have started to reach a useful maturity. It's fun to see the shade coming back on our streets.

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