Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sketching at Wheeler Farm

The weather today was about as nice as it gets in the Salt Lake Valley in mid-November.  I decided I needed to take advantage and took a short drive over to Wheeler Farm to do some sketching.  Wheeler Farm is an historic living farm owned by the county. I've been on a pen kick lately, I don't know why but that's why I made these sketches using a Copic Multiliner .03 pen in my 5x8 sketchbook.  All of these sketches are straight to pen with no preliminary layout work in pencil.  I do this as both a challenge to my drawing skills and because I prefer to have that little bit of extra sponteneity in my sketches from life.

First up is the "Milk House".  This is actually one end of a larger structure, the rest of which is used to store hay.  I rushed it a bit at the start and got the angles and width of the end of the building a bit off.

Trying to learn something from the previous sketch I went a little slower on this one, trying to make sure I got those angles right.  The sign was missing from this little house but if I remember right it they call it the "summer cottage" or something like that.

I did this last sketch quickly, the temperature had started dropping below the point of comfort.  This is a chicken coop built way back in the early 1900's and restored in the 1980's, so even the restoration is old now!

It was sure nice to get outside for a couple hours and sketch at one of my favorite places today.  These opportunities will soon become very rare until spring!