Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Sketches at the Local Library

 Because of the weather, I had not walked or exercised for quite a few days. It was not raining this afternoon. Therefore, I took a walk to the Memorial Library with my sketchbook. There were not many people there. As usual, I went to the children’s books section and grabbed two quick sketches. One lady was sitting on the floor working on her laptop. I guess she had to work in that uncomfortable position because she had to use the wall outlet to recharge her laptop. The other lady was playing with her cell in an easy chair.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Sketching at Westfield Memorial Library, NJ


Since I completed my radiation therapy last Christmas, except for the painting as a house-warming gift for my son, I haven’t painted or drawn anything for almost a year. Westfield is a quiet clean suburban town which I like. However, I haven’t found a place like shopping mall or square where there are a lot of people sitting, walking or doing different things and you have plenty of opportunities to choose and sketch. Of course, I have to admit that mainly because of the anemia after the therapy, I’ve been feeling so weak physically that I don’t have the energy to drive around to find subjects to paint or draw even though I did find some good views in parks nearby. I thought of some sidewalk restaurant areas, but parking problems turnt me off.

I kept telling myself that I can’t go on like this lying in the recliner all day. I must resume walking and exercise. Finally, I decided that I should at least handle the walk to and back from the library. So I took my sketchbook with me and tried to pick up my drawing. Unfortunately there weren’t many people there to draw. I first sketch a mother in ink at the children’s books section. Later, I noticed a lady was in deep thought working on her computer. Believing she could be comparatively stable, I chose to use soft pastel as the sketch’s medium. When I finished, I let the lady take a picture of the sketch. We briefly introduced each other. Her name is Mary Ann or Mariann, a lady who got her doctoral degree from Vanderbilt.

Monday, November 29, 2021


 This afternoon, my friend David and I went to the Forest Park in an attempt to grab some sketches. Unfortunately, possibly because it intermittently snowed a little, there was almost nobody in the park except for a few dog walkers and a woman who was feeding a child on a bench. Therefore, we decided to go our old gathering place, the Ateaz Cafe. I did a few more. Even though I didn’t accomplish much, I enjoyed our chat. We haven’t seen each other for quite some time.