1. Download this image to your ipad and open it like you open a photo.
2. Sit in a public place that has people walking by.
3. Pretend like you are drawing the picture.
It works for me. At least a lot of people look at me when I draw in public.
Lots of people walked by as I was drawing this view of St. Martin’s Square this afternoon. I looked cool didn’t I? Darn, I knew I should have put on the shoes that matched my outfit. I don’t know about looking cool, but I have sure met many people this way. I like it when a brave soul walks up and says hello.
Today was chilly and sunny, a nice Fall day. The place in the drawing is St. Martin’s Square (Platz in German). Here is what the city says about it on their website: “The pretty “Martinsplatz” is the gateway to the old city. It is one of the loveliest open spaces in the City of Kaiserslautern.” I won’t disagree. A few cafes ring the square, and one of the buildings is the former Hotel Zum Donnersberg, where Napoleon once ate breakfast. Hey, the United States has George Washington, Western Europe has Napolean. The reddish block building in the center is St. Martin’s Catholic Church. St. Martin Cafe is the blue blue building on the left. Trees are chestnuts.
I’m running behind. I finished Superstition Mountain then 80 million things happened. Ok. Ok. Not 80 million, only 30 million. I will not post the paintings until all four are finished. Do you want to see Superstition Mountain? Then join me at Village Coffee Roastery this Saturday about 9:ooam. ( 8120 Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona). Until Saturday, enjoy this sunset scene from Ironwood National Monument in Northwest of Tucson. This trip was with some artist friends from Jerome in 2004. I have been coming here since 1971 and have spent one-hundred or more days and nights in this area. This trip was memorable for the number of young desert tortoises. I counted about six. That is six more than I’ve seen here, ever. Wonderful news. I also met one rather upset diamondback rattlesnake. I inquired as to the reason for his or her problem, but an answer was not forthcoming.
Got out earlier today and went to Paradise Bakery and Cafe for coffee and pastry. All homemade here. My recommendation: Try everything. (paradisecafeyeehaw.com)
The drawing below is a view out the window next to my table. I drew the sketch while having my coffee and multi-berry scone, but I did not have any water on me, and I didn’t want to bother with a glass from the cafe, so I took a photo for the colors, and applied the watercolor later when I got back to my cabin on the ship.
I’m getting ready to hit the “road” again. I’ll join the Celebrity Infinity in Seattle on June 19th. Expect more Pacific Northwest paintings. Plus I’m working on changes to my website. In the meantime, here’s a painting from my last “alaska” visit. It’s the Cowpuccino coffee shop in Prince Rupert, BC. Cool little place. I painted this on one of my many visits in 2008. Tons, quite literally, of bald eagles in the trees outside the front door.