On my last foothills hike, the wind was really intense, and it sapped my strength. But I found a more sheltered spot, to sketch and embrace what little is green -
|It's been too long since I sketched, away|
from my design work. At least my hands
won't freeze off now.
Sketching helps any designer to design
better, breaking down the general forms
that compose a scene.
When many of us draw in plan, we cause
our clients to glaze over, or at the least,
we cause ourselves to glaze over and
over-design more than is needed.
|These slabs of rounded granite, with a solo Desert Prickly Pear / Opuntia |
engelmannii, always grab me near the top.
The cactus is green and stands out all year. The bright green of the lichens
on parts of the larger granite do, too. The gritty soil, derived from the granite
rock is the height of what mulch is for foothills plantings.
Tufts of Black Grama and Bush Muhley grasses can get green now, but
usually they stay brown until the rainy season.
|The top of my hike looks so pleasant and warm. But the wind was relentless. As it warms up, it gets browner. In a few past years, it has rained a little in May or early June, and it just might again, to surprise and refresh all. But probably not until July.|
I'll have to make it a point to scout out great sketching spots on my mountain bike rides between each hike.