Tuesday, November 6, 2012

fall colors + a train and a bridge

Hi guys!

A few weeks ago, we had an assignment to draw a landscape using gray paper and charcoal.  We had to use the same techniques as in my pumpkin drawing.

I had a couple ideas of what I wanted to draw, but I decided to drive around for a while to check out some spots and see if anything caught my eye.  I knew I would be spending a few hours outside doing this, and wanted to find something good! 

Look what I found! 

How beautiful was this spot?  This awesome bridge goes across the Mississippi River downtown.  I saw this view as I was driving and probably about wrecked my car as I was looking around to see if there was anywhere I could park to get out and draw. 

I ended up sitting in this little grassy median, right as cars were making their way up the ramp onto the bridge.  I'd say approximately five million people passed me on that Saturday afternoon, and each one was wondering what the heck I was doing.  If I happened to be looking up as they passed, we definitely made eye contact as they craned their necks to check the crazy girl out.

But honestly, I could not pass up that gorgeous yellow tree, the train which Andy loves, and the way the shape of the bridge cascades into the distance.  Love!

Here's how it turned out.

And a side by side, or up and down, for my mom again :)

I don't think I nailed it as much as my pumpkin drawing, but I really like it anywho. 

Has anyone else been out driving around to soak up the last bit of fall before winter strikes?

Oh, and P.S. Trick or treat night was freezing this year!  We had easily only half as many kids as last year!  Did anyone's plans get ruined because of the cold weather?

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  1. It looks great! I love seeing how all of your projects turn out. I'll be blogging about one of mine in the next couple of days. Yay for art school! :-)

    1. I love seeing yours, too! I am feeling your pain this week as we've been getting a crash course in perspective drawing. Arggghhh

  2. Beautiful work! That was the perfect spot for inspiration!

  3. Oh I love this piece! Well done. You are very talented...

    Yes, I recently took a stroll to check out the leaves all turning colours...and came across the most beautful old cemetery (actually posted some pics on my blogs post for today). Isn't it a marvelous time of year?

    Yes, we got rained out completely on Halloween! It was soggy! It did NOT deter the trick or treaters in these parts though...Canadian kids can't let gross weather deter them or they'd never get out ;)

    Popping over from the EBT...

  4. Your best work yet!

  5. I'm wondering how you didn't know you were meant to do this all along. AMAZING! Brian couldn't believe it either. Can't wait to see you (hopefully) soon!