Sketch on Rye

Mermaid Street, Rye, England, colored pencils, J.McGrath

Mermaid Street, Rye, England, colored pencils, J.McGrath

If you live in a city, you understand the necessity to venture out on day trips, be it to take advantage of good weather, the pleasure of seeing a specific place or someone or just an adventurous spirit. Mostly it is just for your sanity because when you mix too much heat and too much city, you have a concrete disaster, and meltdown ensues…. The spontaneity of these trips can be exhilarating, only then remembering, while in transit, a certain ‘last-minute necessity’ you forgot at home. Usually I bring a sketchbook or paper of some sort but encountered this situation once. In the beautiful town of Rye, England, I forgot my sketchbook but soon realized free town maps were available. I made do with what pencils I had and set to work, and this ‘mishap’ has turned into a regular habit.  The free paper is put to good use as a map, then used for  sketching, and then solidifies itself in a permanent place in my sketchbook when I return home.  There is always a creative solution….. – James

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