Friday, April 16, 2010


Last weekend was the big start of Spring around here as far as yard and garden work. Wilma tended the garden. I hit the yard and took her car in for new tires, while taking some fun time, too. One morning was clear and warm enough I could eat breakfast out on the front porch and watch the country wake up. Always like that. Each year I pull some pasture cedar seedlings. This time of year the ground is moist and loose and the grass isn't green and thick enough to hide them, so I can pull the out, either by fingers or with pliers. Usually I bag them up, but this year I just threw them in the wheelbarrow for the burn pile and counted them . . . thus the title of this sketch. Got more than I figured. I found the youngin's to be very graceful and attractive, even if I hate them. The donut shop just opened up this year. It's open 24-hours a day with drive-up service and can seat probably 100 people. What a business model! Hope they make it. Need to rest up for next weekend.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tools Of The Road

I was having tires put on Wilma's car Saturday morning and had time to kill, so I packed along the bike and rode to a coffee house. As luck would have it, our Shunga Trail was close and I could get a 14 mile round trip in. Topeka doesn't have much for cyclists, but it does have the Shunga Trail, with it's nice surface for riding/walking/running and follows Shunganunga Creek. I brought along my sketch gear and figured I'd find something to draw. Once I had my coffee and was ready to draw, I thought of my tools. Love tools. I actually forgot it had some of the features. Much better gear than when I was a kid.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Spring Break 2010

This year we decided to check out Santa Fe for our daughter's Spring Break (her idea). We've visited once before a few years ago and wanted another look. Made a 4-day holiday out of last weekend and took Amtrak from Kansas City to Lamy (closest train depot).

The main purpose of the trip is a family short vacation with a full schedule of things to do. I usually like a loose schedule with a few anchor events, but when time is short ya gotta keep moving. So, travel journaling had to take back seat and I sketched when I could work it in. Luckily I still managed to get most sketching done on the trip. The writing and maps followed when I got home.

That's it for this trip. Don't know if my travel sketch process will stay the same forever, but it works for now.