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Old Town Alpharetta

Old Town Alpharetta
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Last Monday we took a walk around the old town Alpharetta. We had a great time. I found this interesting building and decided to sketch it.

I have a little three legged stool that is as light as a feather. I sat it off to the side of the walkway. I wedge my metal ruler into the sketchbook and have glued magnets on the bottom of my watercolors. I just suspend them using the strong magnets off to the side of my sketchbook. I look like I know what I'm doing but it's a sham.

People came by, some stop and look. Others look over their shoulder as they pass. And some fathers with their children stopped to watch.

"See, he's drawing that building."

I was pleased that he could tell what I was drawing. I had doubts myself. But after hearing him tell his daughter, I gained a little more confidence.

Another little girl and her father came by. She was leading a small scruffy dog. I actually wanted to stop what I was sketching and draw him. He was a great subject. I told her she could sketch her dog.

But she looked at me like I was some crazy man.

I went back to my sketching.

I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home. - Robert Orben quotes

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5 Responses to “Old Town Alpharetta”

  1. # Blogger Wendi

    Hi Dave,
    I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog. This post in particular made me smile.

    That little girl may have looked at you like you were nuts, but I bet that after she got home (or at some point) she made (or will make)a drawing of her dog, anyway. I think you planted healthy little seed. Awesome!!!

    The use of a metal ruler and the magnets on the bottom of your watercolors intrigue me. I would REALLY LOVE to see a photo and/or a sketch of your sketching set up in use.

    Also, I just discovered you other blogs (Quotes, Poetry, Sketches & Words). I find it all very inspirational. I especially like the "About" post, it really helped put everything into persepctive for me.

    I like your style, too! Thank you so much for sharing.  

  2. # Blogger Sandra Mosley

    Aloha Dave,

    Have been enjoying your blog.

    I agree with Wendi that you've planted a healthy seed in the mind of that little girl. I would love to see your sketching set up in use too.

    Keep on sketching and sharing. It's appreciated.  

  3. # Blogger dave terry

    Okay, my next post will include a picture of my set up, such as it is. Very simple...really!

    Thanks for your all your comments and feedback.

    Happy sketching.


  4. # Anonymous Debo Boddiford

    You are getting brave to sketch/paint in public! I have sketched (no paint) a few times in downtown Savannah...people are always curious, but I am still self-conscious about it. I also need to figure out a nice way to tell people to QUIT smoking while watching me sketch!!  

  5. # Blogger dave terry

    The smokers are the worst. "Go ahead and smoke if you must" I feel like saying "just to exhale!" Hah.

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