Here I Go Again

But I'd rather be sketching.

I'd rather be sketching than starting another blog. But visual travelogues are such cool things that I couldn't help myself when I came across the blog "Urban Sketchers."

When I discovered the expressive, descriptive, individualized images of the multitude of its contributors, I couldn't resist. I had to aspire to that same degree of creative interpretation myself.

So here I go again...

I'm starting small. Quite literally. I did this tiny watercolor (2 x 3") on the Zócolo in Oaxaca, Mexico. Oaxaca is one of my favorite places — a colonial Spanish city situated high in Mexico's southern mountains. The city is colorful and varied, as are its inhabitants. The Oaxaceños are some of the sweetest people in the entire world. This sketch depicts a man shining another man's shoes beneath the immense, overarching trees on the Zócolo. I did the painting in a sample paper pad I picked up at a hand-made paper workshop, Taller Arte Papel Oaxaca in Vista Hermosa, just outside of San Augustín Etla (which is just outside of Oaxaca). I was fortunate to be invited to Oaxaca a couple of times a year to teach watercolor and children's book illustration workshops; but those days are over and I miss this lovely place and its people more than I can say.

I hope you get the chance to sketch there someday. What's more, I hope to see you there!