March 30, 2009

Meet the correspondents: BOZEMAN, Montana > Paul Heaston

"I started sketching only a few years ago, after years of having sketchbooks but never using them. I started out doing a lot of figurative painting, which can be a very deliberate and time-consuming process, so there's something about the immediate and spontaneous nature of location drawing that appeals to me. At the same time, sketching allows you to really spend time seeing a place, unlike taking a photo. You get the feel of where you are — looking at a sketch can bring me back to all of the sensory experiences involved: the sounds, the smells, the sun in your face or a brisk wind. As an artist, you also come away with a better appreciation of space. I teach drawing at Montana State University, and I try to help my students understand space before anything else, so I've integrated urban sketching assignments into my curriculum.

I enjoy sketching Bozeman, Montana, because it's a small community that might otherwise be overlooked. I've lived in big cities before, and one can sketch there rather inconspicuously as most folks passing on the sidewalk are oblivious. In Bozeman, people aren't shy about seeing what I'm up to, and a lot of them are surprised and excited that I'm drawing this little town, and sharing it with others."

• Paul's blog.
• Paul's art on Flickr.
• Paul's website.


Terry Banderas said...

Very nice, Paul. Interesting variety of roof textures that you use. Great scene!!!

Fouad Dakhouch said...

Good blog,space control and nice line.
I like your sketches.

Tommy Kane said...

Nice skills.

bh yoo said...

I agree to your thoughts that we can know better by sketching spending time for observation than by taking photo instantly. Welcome!

Paul Heaston said...

Thanks everyone! Glad to be here!

matthew_c said...

Hi Paul and welcome !
I really like your work.

gabi campanario said...

welcome Paul! i am a big fan!

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