|11/29/23 Maple Leaf neighborhood
An avid urban sketcher, a friend often draws fellow
passengers during his subway commutes. On one ride a while back, all his views
of other people were blocked, so he ended up sketching a backpack. He sounded a
bit apologetic about the subject matter on his Facebook post. I commented, “Everything
is worthy of sketching because observing it makes it so.”
Although viewers may have varying levels of interest, to the sketcher (or maybe I should say, to this sketcher), the relative value of majestic Mt. Rainier or a rock in the driveway is the same: The attention I give it – that close observation for however long I choose to take – is what gives it value.
This principle is never more true than when I’m out walking and stop to sketch whatever I happen to come upon. Without intention or focus, these sketches might seem aimless, but for me, the act of drawing – not the drawing itself – shapes its meaning.
|11/30/23 Seattle skyline from Maple Leaf Park
That’s it – that’s all I got for this year’s last year-end review post! Happy new year and happy sketching in 2024!
|12/17/23 Mt. Rainier from Maple Leaf Park
|12/21/23 Foggy Maple Leaf Park
|12/27/23 Green Lake neighborhood
|12/20/23 I had missed most of the action by the time I arrived.