Sunday, October 12, 2008

Old Soldier


Here's an OLD bridge just south of us. I crossed it in my childhood on my school bus route daily. I've spent many years away from here after college, but I've been back in the old neighborhood for the last 12 years. These old scenes still bring back memories. So I decided this old bridge needs to be sketched. As with the last two entries, I did it all on-site. I enjoy the time spent really looking at something closely, live. Getting the perspective close proved fickle on this one, so it took a while. What's with the bugs in Kansas when you sit still in their environment? The drawing was done sitting in the shade in the brush (brought a small chair . . luxury!). I did the writing while sitting on the bridge rail, watching the muddy water flow by. The concrete railings are well weathered and pitted so it wasn't the most comfortable sit. Four cars drove my while I was drawing. Two I didn't look at, and they didn't change speed. One approached from in front, with a mother and teenage daughter, and both smiled at me as I smiled back. The fourth approached from behind, slowed way down, then stopped when beside me. I thought they wanted to talk, so I looked up, smiled, and said Hi. It was a grumpy Grandpa driving with a Grandma. He sneered at me, paused, then slowly pulled away. Don't know what that was about. I wrapped it up, loaded the bike and pedaled back home. A nice was to spend time. (First sketch journal is FINISHED! My travel journal has several entries, but this is my first journal to finish. A milestone.)

4 comments:

Christie said...

Congratulations on finishing a journal!! Know what? I have never, ever done that, though many were begun. I enjoyed your nostalgic look at, and sketch of, the bridge.

Jim said...

Nice job on this bridge! As soon as the page opened I thought it was the infamous Burnside Bridge at Antietam.

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

What a wonderful bridge, John!

Margaret Ann said...

A charming post John...I love your commentaries...they are informative and informal too! There is nothing better than being on site and drawing...It give one's work such life! Thoroughly enjoyable!