Sunday, March 29, 2009

bozeman main street #20

It's been snowing quite a lot the last few days in Bozeman, so I've had few opportunities to go back outside and sketch. I finished this spread yesterday, though it was still pretty chilly. Part of this was done standing, as there were no close benches and I forgot my camp chair.

Later, while I was sitting on a bench drawing the Masonic Temple portion, a lady sat next to me to smoke. That was strike one, but then she had to go out of her way to make sure I knew my drawing ability was a gift from God and that I should be grateful for being able to do what I do. Strikes two and three. I responded, politely, that I tell my students drawing is a skillset that can be acquired, like any other, through hours of practice. (Otherwise, why even teach?) I didn't bother going into Malcolm Gladwell or the 10,000 hour rule. Sufficed to say, she disagreed, and wanted me to know how blessed I was.

Oh yeah, it's snowing right now.


  1. Paul, I came by from Urban sketchers and all I can say is your sketching abilities are just so beautiful. I love the feel of your lines in every piece you draw. Could you post some day the tools you use and for example how much time you spend on a piece. Do you sketch at all in pencil before you use ink ?
    I will be enjoying looking at your work from now on.

  2. Thanks! That's a good suggestion. I will have to take some pictures of my materials and post them.