|18 x 24 Work-In-Progress|
|Graphite study - Rough Draft|
When I started the graphite study, I used photos from two or three different towns. It took me a long time to decide what kind of businesses I wanted to inhabit each building, and what kind of store signs I wanted to put in the windows. I'm hoping that the viewer will see his or her own favorite town in this drawing. I want to show that the old buildings are treasures that we should be preserving and appreciating, because they reflect who we are and where we've come from as a people. I want the viewer to see the charm and nostalgia of the old downtown, but I also want to bring out a hint of melancholy, at the idea that the spirit of community pride, so prevalent in past generations, is in jeopardy of being forgotten.
Well... I've convinced myself that it's time to move on to another part of the piece... but where to next? Sidewalk, or brick upper story? I think I'll start both areas and see which one pulls me in first!