Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bike & Sketch

These Fall days have been great! The colors make me stare, which can get dangerous when driving. That's why I decided to pull a day's vacation and pedal around Topeka for a day. It's been TOO long since I've sketched (please don't look at the posting date of my last entry) (I told you not to!) so I wanted to merge the two activities into one meandering day sketching through the urban and rural bike trails.

We live southeast of town, and we're lucky to live close to the Landon Trail (a rail-to-trail). I can catch it into town and pick up the Shunga Trail along the Shunganunga Creek to spread out around town. This ended up being a full day's jaunt. I need to do this more often. Temperature was moderate, air was filled with the smell of dropping leaves, and the trails don't have much traffic. Coffee breaks are required and my pace is casual by design. Too bad this isn't a paying gig.

I did the pen sketching and color work on-site and added text once I get home, after I've had time to absorb it all. Like I said, it's been too long. Really miss the sketching routine, so maybe I can motivate myself to get back in the saddle. I've determined that I'll be sketching the rest of my life, but I just don't know how often since other duties call, too. Choices no different than everyone else has.


Cheryl Gebhart said...

Good to see you sketching again. We all need a break sometimes. Sounds like you had a good day.

Barbara said...

Welcome back, John!

Stew Crowther said...

Cool artwork - Fantastic blog.
Great stuff John.

Mary Walker Designs said...

Healthy exercise for the body and mind great idea.

Clare said...

Beautiful sketchbooks John, there is an abundance of subjects in nature and bicycling is a great way to SEE everything.