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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Sketches, Scavenger and People

I did a little sketching on our trip to New Mexico. When one sits in an airport or airplane you have a little time to use or waste. Actually people watching has always been interesting for me and I never feel it is wasted.

When I was about 10 or 11 my best friend, Martha, and I would get to go to Albuquerque with her mom on a shopping trip for her. She would park on the second floor (roof) of Fedway (later to become Dillard's) and turn us loose in downtown Albuquerque. We would agree to meet her back in Fedway near the elevator to the roof. This would give us several hours to roam around looking in Woolworths, the Indian jewelry stores, and other stores. We would have lunch at the Woolworths' lunch counter and maybe do a little shopping ourselves. We would be back to Fedway at least thirty minutes before our scheduled time in fear of being left in Albuquerque. There we would sit on the sofa and watch people and try to guess their destinations, professions, etc. Too bad I didn't sketch at that time, huh?

This first sketch was in the waiting area in Austin when we were leaving and you can see the second is on the plane, a small jet with one seat on one side of the isle and two on the other, on the way home. The three of us take up a row. :) Luckily my sketch is out of proportion and not the actual airplane. Ha. This one in my new sketchbook, a gift from Regina as well, with a Micron 005 pen.

We drove from Albuquerque to Grants on Sunday to see my sister. I sketched this in the car on the return trip. On this part of the road the sandstone is very golden yellow. Nice with the green bushes. It was the middle of the afternoon, so no great shadows or dramatic color. Much of this done from memory or repeating the trees as we left the pretty rocks and were on the barren plateau for most of the drive.

For Scavenger Hunt 83, #1, forearm, sketched on the plane with my Micron 005 in the NY sketchbook that I use for the Hunts.

#2, glasses. Also done on the plane with no glasses on so had to touch them up when I finished. Same NY sketchbook with the Micron 005.


Susan Carlin said...

There's something so deliciously sneaky about sketching someone without them knowing.... I love seeing your travel sketches! Thanks as always for the kind comments. You're the very best.

Jo Castillo said...

Susan, :) Thanks. I'm still pretty hesitant about sketching in public, but I'm old enough now that I can pretty much do what I want! Eh?

I would like to improve on people, but like most things it takes study or practice or both.


Joan said...

Jo - Great sketches from the trip! Isn't it fun to spend your extra time sketching. I used to just read, and now I pull out my sketchbook wherever I am waiting. It's a nice way to use up those minutes. I love the ones you did in the car. I'm usually driving, so I can't do that.

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Joan, In the car sketching is good. Sometimes in unfamiliar territory you can't finish, but these scenes are familiar. :) I usually end up just taking photos.

Nancy Moskovitz said...

Hi Jo
I admire your dedication to sketching. I've always been self-conscious about sketching people in airports...maybe I wasn't old enough then. hah!
Some of your travel photos look like paintings, especially the wet cotton fields. Maybe it's your artist's eye. nancy

Jo Castillo said...

Nancy, thanks. Sketching in public is not easy, even with age. :) Thanks about the photos. Glad to see you are back and anxious to see your posts and photos. :)

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