The North EndPosted: July 5, 2016
This was sketched as a demo for the workshop I gave in Boston last week. We stood on a corner of the Greenway and looked down Hanover Street into the North End. It’s a pretty busy corner for teaching — traffic going by, music from a Boot Camp class blaring a little distance away, and the cacophony of fruit vendors at Haymarket right behind us — but that setting is what urban sketching is about. The view was perfect for what I was trying to teach (simplification of a complex scene) but about halfway through the sketch there was a thought bubble over my head that read something like this: “What am I doing standing on a hot street corner in Boston trying to shout over all this noise?” Many thanks to my patient group of students who watched and listened and tried to learn something despite the distractions.