Finally getting to know Denver

They say it takes a few years after moving before you really get to know a place. Having moved cross-country three times in 9 years, I regret that I haven’t gotten to experience the places I live as completely as I could have.

Denver has an amazing array of walkable, nearby public spaces and architecture that lend themselves to sketching, and I think I’ve finally started to explore it a little better.

I started a sketch-a-day challenge in July for the purposes of exercising my sketching muscles in preparation for the USk Symposium in Paraty. The requirement of completing a sketch every day has forced me onto the streets for some real, honest-to-goodness urban sketching, and in the process I think I’ve gotten a much better appreciation for the Denver that eluded me when we first moved here.

Couple that with the enthusiasm for sketching I encountered from everyone in Paraty and some new art supplies (always dangerous) and I feel like I’m seeing and sketching my home, not just another city.

Denver skyline from rooftop garden

Paramount Theater

Denver Cathedral, seen from Grant Street

Roxborough State Park

Regis University

Lincoln Ave, Denver, Colorado

Brown Palace, Denver

Broadway and Walnut, Denver

by Paul Heaston


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