Sketch As You Crawl!
Susan, the amazing artist from Susan’s Art and Sketchbook Blog, describes her participation in a SketchCrawl in Freestone, California. SketchCrawling was named after the infamous PubCrawling–a weekend sport that many thirsty athletes participate in.
Freestone sounds quite idyllic:
Freestone is such a lovely little place with not only bread ovens and vegetable gardens to sketch, but cows and barns and goats and houses with white picket fences and flower gardens, and of course lots of people eating ginger pear scones!
I start to salivate as I read the words ginger pear scones, which must be a product of the Wild Flour Bakery (such a clever name!). It would be worth a trip to Freestone just to visit that bakery! Of course, I would visit Susan as well, once I had my fill of whipping crème scones and biscotti. Or maybe Susan and I could meet there, and try to talk with our mouths full!
Wild Flour sketch by Susan Cornelis. Used with permission.
But I digress . . . SketchCrawl began as the brainchild of Enrico Casarosa, and has turned into a “world wide event.” Here is how Casarosa explains it:
The basic idea: to record nonstop everything I could around me with my pencil and watercolors. A drawn journal filled with details ranging from the all the coffee I drank to the different buses I took. After a whole day of drawing and walking around the city the name seemed quite fitting: “SketchCrawl” – a drawing marathon. The crawl was more tiring than I imagined but also more fun and exciting than I had thought. Giving yourself this kind of mandate for a full day changes the way you look around you. It makes you stop and see things just a tad longer, just a bit deeper … needless to say I loved it.
Enrico also has a blog, and you’ll want to check out the SketchCrawl drawings he displays from January 2009, especially those of his daughter. He has found her very hard to capture because “She’s so ridiculously adorable it’s hard to do it justice.”
How’s that for a tug at the old heartstrings.