|Day 14 - Abandoned Bulldozer - Daily Sketch Challenge May 2020|
While I was on vacation in Capitol Reef National Park in central Utah a few years ago I decided to take a little side trip to Hanksville, Utah. Now, there isn't much reason for a vacationer to go to Hanksville, it's a small town in the middle of nowhere. The only recreational opportunities remotely close to Hanksville besides Capitol Reef is Bullfrog Marina about 60-70 miles south at the northern end of Lake Powel. Because of that there is a small airport there and a small motel, as well as a place to store and repair houseboats but not a whole lot else. That is unless you're an artist who enjoys rustic scenes of old buildings and vehicles. I spoted a few of old trucks and tractors in front of an old run down shop and also noticed a couple men talking over a tractor under repair. I pulled into the lot and went over to ask permission to take photos. Not only was I given permission to take photos of the stuff you could see from the street I was also given permission to roam the property out back and that's were I found this small bulldozer just sitting there with the blade propped up on a log and backed by a bunch of what I think are alder trees. I know, it's a very odd subject for a work of art but artists like odd things. This image has been sitting in the back of my head for a long time and this daily sketch challenge finally gave me an excuse to get it out and on to paper in pen.
|Day 15 - Derelict Shed - Daily Sketch Challenge May 2020|
I broke out the black dusty sticks for this sketch, ie charcoal. I first toned the paper with sepia watercolor. Just one of those odd rustic subjects that artists love. I found this scene in Mapleton, Utah, a small rural farming town between Springville and Spanish Fork. The shed seems kind of small to me, I don't know what the farmer used it for but he apparently spent a fair amount of time in it judging by the fact there is a stove pipe coming out of it. Maybe it was his "man cave".