Summer will soon be coming to an end so I’m feeling compelled to do as much outdoor sketching as I can until it’s too darn cold (for me, which is anything below 60 degrees). I’m mostly do this via my bicycle, filling a rear pannier with all my sketching tools & sketchbooks, and a handlebar bag with misc. items one needs for biking (I learned the hard way to never be without an extra tube, pump and tire levers for changing a flat). Both panniers can be removed or put on in seconds so it’s easy to park the bike and take off the bag(s).
Tonight I returned to St. James Park to sit by the water. Something I do to help me get started if I’m feeling a bit unsure about just what to draw is to do a 15 minute sketch. I just pick something and give myself at least 15 minutes to sketch it. Never less; and only more if I’m motivated. This is a helpful exercise as it keeps me from taking the sketch too seriously. Below are three 15 minute sketches from this evening.
And behind me: