Thursday, January 15, 2015

Alma Visit

We live just southeast of the large town (by Kansas standards) of Topeka. Just west of Topeka is the little town of Alma. The sketch has a chart showing populations. You'll see how small it is. Alma is the largest town in Wabaunsee County, as Topeka is the largest town in Shawnee County. We're sisters in a way. The small size equates to a very small retail sale district, so we haven't had a reason to 'stop by'. I decided it was time. They've always had the cheese factory but I wanted to see other things, too.

The weather was a winter cold, at least too cold and windy to just sit and sketch in any resemblance of comfort. Therefore I used the capture-it-on-the-cellphone-sketch-later approach. Less than ideal but better than no sketch. Alma does have some nice churches and a large government building for their county seat. We stuck to downtown, all three blocks of it.  The cheese factory is close to it, down by the tracks.

This is the final sketch of my current sketchbook. My next batch isn't bound yet, but it's close. I have another sketchbook started that I abandoned because I don't like the landscape orientation. I can use it to hold me over but I really want to finish my bookbinding. If the next post is wider than tall, you'll know I didn't make it.

7 comments:

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

How cool, John! Reminds me of some of the small towns near here...

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

I need to bind journals too! Let's get at it...

john.p said...

I think most of the small towns in our Kansas/Missouri area share a similar era of origin. Seems like they do share a lot of architectural details.
As for book binding, I could just spend all day doing it. I sent a 'hello' email to Roz, telling her I'm still applying what I learned from her, though I doubted she'd remember me. She did! She remembered I had one of your watercolor classes, too. Neat lady!

winna said...

Just found this in my junk email I often just delete without checking..to be subscribed to your site is a mystery to me..there's a place to check that lists three places and I don't know what that means...I never heard of two of them and never use Yahoo for anything I don't think....so I seriously need some simple (maybe a video) on how to get your emails. I enjoy them very much.

john.p said...

Winna! Glad to hear from you. I was just thinking this week of bloggers from past exchanges (before my year away from blogging) and I remembered you. Was wondering how to find your blog again. Now I can. Thanks for commenting. I see you're still challenged by using technology.

stewcrowther said...

Hello John,
I love this :-)
I really don't know why I don't do things like this - mind you I don't get out as often as I'd like.
Great stuff!
Stew

john.p said...

With you being from England, you'd have some really old and neat architecture to sketch.