I am all about making changes this year. New starts. New challenges. Newness. On that note, instead of photography for this particular post in this, my travel photo blog, I’m sharing a sampling of graphite drawings I have done over the years. They are urban sketches drawn in-situ in Krakow (Poland), Rīga, (Latvia), and Sitges (Spain). (You can see more on my drawing site)
I am reminded of a little group that 3 others and myself founded 8+ years ago in Boston. It was called Urban Record. Anne, Isabel, EJ and I recruited some other art enthusiast friends and had a weekly location-drawing gig. All of us recent transplants to Boston, we saw it as an opportunity to get out and discover the city through drawing. It was also a good reason to have drinks and dinner after a little show-and-tell. We were young, multinational, worked in multi-disciplines, were passionate about sketching, and had an ‘itch’ to scratch (thus, the pencil….). Our backgrounds couldn’t have been more different. We were architects, landscape architects, neurologists, biologists, cancer researchers, business entrepreneurs and even an accountant. We each had our own interests, personal styles, techniques and unique approaches: some tackled the sketches with broad strokes, some with chicken scratches and other uncommitted flicks of the pencil, some paid meticulous attention to capturing detail, and some drew quasi-cartoon-like. We’d take turns selecting a different neighbourhood each week and stake out our individual sketching posts, to regroup when we got restless or when night fell, whichever came first. Naturally, as winter approached, our sketching sessions got shorter and our dinners got longer… (note: I gotta say, I don’t know why it is Chicago that bears the term ‘the windy city’. If you compare it to the likes of Boston, you’d see they would be neck and neck…). We maintained our drawing missions and even grew in numbers but it was short-lived because within a few years, we’d all spread out globally. Just like our sketches, our group was a record of a time and place.