Parks – Drawings

Here are some more small sketches from photos. I sit on my sofa at night while watching TV and draw, these days. You saw an earlier set of sketches done this same way recently, the connection being that they all depicted parking lots.

The theme this time is scenes from various parks I go to near my home – Lorimer Park, Norristown Farm Park, and the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust. Here are the photos:

Here is the drawing – pen and ink in an 8″ x 8″ note book.


16 thoughts on “Parks – Drawings

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I am finding that doing these little sketches is a soothing calming activity especially at the end of the day, when I am tired and the sad thoughts and worries can creep in. I never liked using a fine point pen before (I was too impatient) but I am really liking the small marks and filling the spaces with a multitude of careful strokes now. Also some of the photos are of places I can’t go right now but hope to return to soon. Or else they are familiar home scenes for me. I am motivated on walks around my area to record things I might like to draw. All in all, I am glad I took up doing these.

      1. David Milligan-Croft

        I like the fact they are fresh, loose and energetic. Reminiscent of David Hockney. (In a good way, obs.) ((I’m never sure whether comparing someone’s work to someone else’s is a compliment. I worked in an industry where to be likened to someone else was a bad thing. It meant you weren’t original. Though, now I’m beginning to see that isn’t the case in a lot of other artistic endeavours. For example, to be likened to a great author is not a bad thing!)) Anyway, it was meant as a compliment.

        1. Claudia McGill Post author

          Oh, thank you, I take it as a great compliment. I am very flattered. I know what you mean, being compared, is it good or not? I think it is human nature to reference what we know in order to explain the new. That’s how I see it. We build and draw on every influence, including other humans. I personally this this is a nice feeling, to be part of the human web, past and present. Especially now.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. That tree is still in place (a month ago, anyway) – the photo I took was a few years old. It’s quite striking, rearing up among the leafy trees, and I have wondered who lives in it – it’s like a dead tree apartment house!

      1. Chela's Colchas y Mas

        There is a great children’s book I used to read with my students that led to great discussion and appreciation of trees. The Busy Tree, by Jennifer Ward and Lisa Falknstein. I have been wanting to make a tree quilt for some time, but haven’t figured it out yet.

        1. Claudia McGill Post author

          I’m going to write this one down. It sounds like something I would enjoy. And I have made a number of tree fabric wall hangings in my time. I loved doing it. The shape of different trees intrigued me and I didn’t worry about perfectly depicting it, just tried different things. Thread stitching was really good for this subject too, it mimics twigs and you can “draw”, as you know, details like knots and bark.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I am lucky to live near a lot of really great places to be outdoors, even in the nearness to the city and being in the suburban built up environment.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. We are lucky to have so many great places to wander in, and all kinds of trails, really close to home, and you would not think it in such a built up area.

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