This is another sketch of the interior of Mugs Coffee Shop in Commerce. I was in town for my nephew's graduation. During my off time, I roamed around the downtown area. There was a farmer's market that I also sketched. Mugs has beautiful antique furniture. It offers a nice contrast to the blue collar often eclectic customers. Graduation weekend was packed with celebrations and multiple sketching opportunities.
A few weeks ago Pam and I explored the South Congress (SoCo) area in Austin. With growth, this area has improved but also managed to retain some of its funkiness. The people watching was rich with variety. I took the time to do a few on site sketches on loose Khadi paper. Pam is used to me sketching but, I try to work quickly so as to not bore her. I liked the people so that is the point of this little sketch people appreciation.
When I was last in Commerce, Texas I visited this coffee shop called "Mugs". Great cup of coffee and beautiful little place. Their playing cards were large. It was filled with lots of places to enjoy a coffee and light snack. This group was playing a game of Uno.
The spring flowers have really inspired me this year. During my work day I try to stay mobile and get in as many steps as I can. This is a view of the bluebonnets on a hill near where I work. Yesterday I noticed seed pods were forming. Next years bounty should beautiful too.
A few years ago I joined a group of painters in the Rockport/Fulton area of the Texas coast. I spent the majority of my time painting the activity around the shrimp boats. Last year I revisited some of the video and sketches that I did there. This is a small gouache inspired by the imagery. As I remember it the person on the right was the oldest and the hardest worker.
Who remembers Ninfa's and Katz's Deli? This crane now occupies a bit of where they used to be. I'm using a 6 by 12 format sketch book to document
the ongoing changes around our town. The crane is obviously what drew my attention to the scene. I started the sketch with ink and later added whatever mediums and colors I wanted.