Saturday, February 27, 2021



2/24/21 Maple Leaf neighborhood
Among my favorite neighborhood trees are the burly, bumpy ones that line both sides of Roosevelt Way Northeast for about a mile. They are so much fun to sketch that I have done it many times – in 2018, 2017 and 2015. And winter is good for this because I can easily sketch them from my parked car almost anywhere along the arterial. The hairs that sprout from their warts and noses amuse me.

I wanted more vertical space in the small Field Notes Signature sketchbook I was using, so I turned the spread diagonally. I think it skewed my perception, though, because the rest of the composition seems a bit crooked. But as a Facebook friend said when I posted this, the whole world is topsy-turvy.

I scanned the book at an angle, but I think the sketch looks better in the trophy shot below.

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