Its been ages since I walked into a Jazz Bar. It was late in the evening. I was quite sleepy. But the jazz was charming. With the Christmas light shimmering behind me, I got festive pretty quickly. I took out my pen and notebook to do a quick sketch to remember this festive moment. It was a hasty one but also a fun one. The best part was that I did something out of the blue because I wanted to. Its empowering. It doesn’t matter how small it is. I was happy that I could treat myself with such a small act. We should spend more time finding positive ways to treat ourselves. Its healthy for us.
Hope you all had a jolly jolly Christmas and have a wonderful New Year start!
Finally, I found time to capture a piece of Georgetown. It was a lovely Friday afternoon. The streets were bustling as usual. The streets were full with cars and people getting ready for the weekend. After 3 months of being swamped with life, I forgot how exciting it was to just stop and draw a piece of ‘this moment’ and focus on being present. To forget everything else and just focus on the small details you notice around you. It’s almost as if you are watching a movie live in the middle of the street, where you sit and observe everything around you. It’s quite an amazing feeling.
It’s also always fun when a number of people stop by and say hello. Some even drove by giving thumbs up when I showed them what I was doing. “You are doing this for homework?,” asked a guy with puzzled look. “Nah, just for fun.” “Wow, that’s just AWESOME.” I smiled back. I think so too.
It was Memorial Day Weekend and I was determined to get out of the city. We got in a car and drove out to where we could barely get 4G signal to put our minds in peace. I was thrilled to be surrounding myself with nature. There was so much greenness that I couldn’t help smiling. I wanted to remember this so I jot it down on my sketchbook.
I was on vacation. But that didn’t stop me from trying a new set of drawings! I was visiting a garden that had a green house full of beautiful spring birds that I have never seen before. I wanted to illustrate them in my own way. I got a new set of color pencils, they actually work pretty well, and a new simple sketchbook last minute to create this – the “Spring Bird.”
I took a whole set of pictures of other beautiful birds. Maybe you’ll see some more bird illustrations later. We’ll see.
I’ve walked this street before and have always wanted to try sketching it. Despite the rain, there was a moment in which the sky was blue and clear for few hours. I took my chances to capture this view. The fun thing about drawing in the streets is that you get to talk with random people, which made this drawing more fun. I must also give special thanks to the apartment residences across the street for not kicking me out from sitting in front of their door steps for 2 hours to draw this piece.
The weather was beautiful. It was raining non-stop for the past few days in DC so the sun felt wonderful. I decided to take a walk at the Meridian Hill park after work. The feeling was mutually shared by others in the city for when I reached the park to sketch and watch the sunset there were many others. I tried to capture each moment. The people I have captured here were present during the 2 hours I stood there to draw. It was getting dark so it was time to close my sketchbook too.
Dupont Circle is one of my favorite areas in D.C. The weather was excellent this weekend and everyone was hanging out around the circle – reading, having lunch, chilling, sleeping, and..even dancing! While I started this sketch a group of people started playing music and started dancing. Am I back in Europe? This was wonderful! By the time I left the circle, the circle was crowded with people dancing with loved ones and strangers. It was a beautiful moment! I checked out later and it looks like a group called Rueda de la Cella DC organized this event. You can see some pictures here. Kudos. It surely made my drawing more fun and memorable.
Lately the streets are full with colors. With the weather getting better, there are now tons of flowers growing everywhere. Now that I started drawing and learning how to pace myself in general, I’m able to notice these details more distinctively. Each flower was pretty and different. They were all unique in their own ways. I wanted to do another drawing as I sat at that Meridian Hill Park. I looked back at all the street flower pictures I took while I was walking around D.C. on my phone. I took my color pencil out and started sketching.
I think it’s pretty nice. I hope you like it too. Happy Spring!