I love cities. I love the dynamism, the variety, the vibrancy. I love architecture and buildings and what they show about the people who inhabit them.
I grew up, not in a city, but with parents who were in the building industry. My Dad had a custom tile business, and my Mom, at the end of her career, designed and built custom homes that were featured in the local Parade of Homes. I’m grateful to my parents for their taste that was both down to earth and classic.
For awhile, I dated an architect and when we traveled in Europe and the US, I learned a lot from him about how to look at buildings.
So it’s no surprise that I’m drawn to buildings and that I want to draw them. But remember my failed high school art? It’s the perspective that kills me. It’s also a challenge to draw a cityscape; there’s so much to see and it’s easy to get sucked into details.
I took the plunge and signed up for this urban sketching workshop in Seattle. I also am taking a two-part urban sketching course here in Denver; the first session recalled all the awful awkwardness of not being able to see things in correct perspective.
But I shall not be deterred from what I love! I will not show up in Seattle and find myself silently crying at every art class because of the gap between my desire and my ability. I shall practice!
So, every Saturday I head out into Denver to capture the city. I set a timer for 15 minutes so I’m forced to sketch and not get sucked into one tiny detail for hours.
Now that spring is here, I look forward to many more urban sketch crawls in Denver. Maybe you’ll join me?