Sunday, June 22, 2008


Sketch Crawlers enjoy brunch before setting out to draw and paint.

Yesterday was the 19th International Sketch Crawl, the drawing marathon that attracts participants from all over the world.  Nine friends and former students and I converged on downtown Decatur, GA, sketchbooks and watercolors in hand to render our impressions of this charming suburb of Atlanta.  Because the morning started with a light drizzle, I was fixated on umbrellas, which appear in both sketches below.  But by lunchtime the sun had come out, throwing beautiful blue shadows over the streets of this bustling little city.

Sweet Melissa's, a neighborhood favorite for brunch.  The paint scheme -- purple, gold, green! -- excited me enough that I was willing to sit in the middle of the parking lot in order to get this sketch down.

The cutest little motor scooters kept showing up all morning.  I'm too chicken to ride them in Atlanta's traffic, but oh, to have one to putt around in!

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