I was lucky to find myself on the back roads of Lewis county, Kentucky. I spent the day working in 5 different locations. I wanted to share this one because it is number 50 (yeah, FIFTY!) for the project. If you want to see the other 4 sketches from today, go to my map and look where I am on Davis Lane and Polecat Pike.
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Awhile back, my life got busy with a lot of nonsense, and I found myself rushing from one thing to another. Nowadays, I am trying to slow down, and enjoy the things around me.
When I sketch, it forces me to slow down, and think about what I am looking at.
The challenge for this sketch was to use my iPhone instead of ipad. The small working area took some getting used to, but with practice, the iPhone could be a good sketching tool. The battery life is the biggest obstacle. This sketch took 40-50 minutes, and used 25% of the battery.
Here’s another sketch (back on the ipad) of the river and marina at New Richmond, Ohio. I don’t consider any of these sketches a finished piece…it’s just a way for me to work out ideas and compositions.
One of my favorite ways to see these little river towns is by boat.
Front street-New Richmond, Ohio
If you don’t mind a few waves, the perspective from the river is great.
I love music (especially traditional folk/mountain/bluegrass), and every Wednesday, the Front Street Cafe in New Richmond, Ohio offers live bluegrass music. I enjoyed a delicious meal with friends, and sketched the band- East Fork Junction. The music was great, but it was a challenge squeezing all 5 of the musicians in the sketch.
I love these little river towns. New Richmond, thanks for an inspiring day!
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Ken is a self-taught artist from rural Kentucky, whose work includes painting, printmaking, and pottery. He considers himself to be a 'lifetime learner' and he uses art as the vehicle to explore and learn more about the world around him. Much of his work reflect his optimistic views on rural folk culture, river life and simple pleasures.
You can visit Ken every Final Friday of the month at studio 400 at the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati. He can also be found picnicking near his home in the Historic Village of Old Washington, KY.