November 20, 2015
As I drive through gorgeous hills, valleys, mountains, forests and farmlands I discover landscapes I want to capture with pen and brush. Immediately I search for a safe place to pull over, park the car and sketch. By the time I find a safe spot, IF I find a safe spot, the vantage point has changed and the puzzle-like pieces of light and dark shapes that inspired me is no longer present. I drive on. My frustration led me to invent another game for myself that I refer to as Drive and Draw. I will set either a unit of time (fifteen minutes when I’m simply exploring or half an hour to an hour if I’m actually trying to get to a destination and meet up with someone) or of distance (five miles when exploring, fifty miles on longer trips). Once the unit of time or distance has been met, I pull off at the first place possible within the margins of safety and sketch whatever I see from that vantage point. Over the years I have found that there is always something of interest from wherever I find myself. It is often not what I want, but it is where I find myself. The experience has always been worthwhile.
Walker Road winds its way over hills and into valleys with ditches on either side of the shoulderless pavement. I was able to pull over at the entrance to a cattle gate.
Sketched first in ink followed by washes of raw umber violet watercolor. Filmed with a GoPro Black Hero3+.