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.