Still More Snow Piles

April 12, 2013

Above: Snow piles leading to a railroad track. (Dirty, melty snow piles before we got the new snow this week.) Journal page turned on its side, 7 x 9 page now 9 x 7 inches, Magnani Annigoni Designo paper, sketching with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy pen and blue "washes" from a Bienfang watercolor brush (I forgot my small palette!).

The past few days we've been hit by a snowstorm—but happily for those of us in Minneapolis the depth of snow has not been too much too quickly—we've been able to deal with it. The forecast changes hourly (or faster). I don't know what I'll see when I wake up on any given day. Last week I got to ride my bike outside on three days (coolish temps in the 40s, snow still stacked in piles, but no snow or ice on the road—now that isn't the case so I'm indoors on the trainer again).

Since winter won't let go of Minnesota I thought now would be a good time to share some recent snow pile sketches from around town.

130321HydrantSnowLeft: Same journal as above (the scan got a little bright). I was waiting in a office and saw the interesting shadows and melting snow outside the window. Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy pen and gouache, with the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Jumbo Brush Pen in white.

Ever since Don Colley told me Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Jumbo Brush Pens come in WHITE I've been carrying one around and it is great fun to use it not just for highlights, but for things like, well, snow piles!

130328AlleySnowLeft: A short while ago I locked myself out of the house—wait I didn't actually do that. I went on an errand with Dick to pick up another car and I let him lock the house, so actually he locked me out. When we went our separate ways I went off to purchase some supplies, including some colored writing paper (for use in letters and I also thought I might do some printing on it). When I arrived home I realized I didn't have my key. While I waited for Dick to come and let me in I pulled out a piece of green writing paper and started to sketch the alley with a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy pen. (I didn't have my journal with me—long story). I glued the piece in when I got into the house. This sketch shows the alley going towards the river, with snow still piled against the garages, but with open water running down the center of the alley. It was the beginning of the thaw, but sadly that didn't last.

I know I have errands to run this weekend so it looks like I'll be able to add more snow pile sketches before the season ends.

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