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February 24, 2014

boing!

3rd and University, Davis
Davis, CA: That is not an aeroplane, that is the sound of Spring happening right now, all around us. My TV tells us that much of the rest of the country is living in pre-Lucy Narnia, but in drought-threatened California we are giddy with the joys of Spring. Blossom all over the trees, birds chirruping, sunshine shining, stores full of Cadbury's Creme Eggs. It has come early for us this year, which no doubt means the dreaded allergies will very soon hit me and force me back into my annual retreat from outside lunchtime sketching. After my panorama-filled January I am already doing less than usual, but I have started a new sketchbook (one of those nice panoramic Stillman and Birn 'Alpha' books) and so I sketched the corner of 3rd and University, taking a couple of lunchtimes to do it. The last time I sketched this spot (see below's sketch from October 2011) there was just one pair of shoes hanging from the telegraph line. Now there are plenty more. What a waste of shoes! 
3rd and University

10 comments :

Pedro said...

Great drawings, Pete.
About the shoes, it seems they love power cables around the world:
http://bonecosdebolso1.blogspot.pt/2010/10/pes-no-ar.html

John M Crowther said...

Great drawings!

Murray Dewhurst said...

Nice stuff Pete. I like the power pole in the foreground and all it's detail. Down here, shoes are (I'm told) thrown over a power line like this to advertise a 'tinny house' (drug dealer).

AJ said...

Love your work. I am very familiar with Davis (lived there and visit regularly); your sketches remind me so much of the town, in general. Great work and wonderful use of colour!

petescully said...

Thanks! Yes, I had heard that those shoes represent boundaries between drug dealers. Lost soles...

Mateusz Hajnysz said...

I like your style very much. Only recently I came across what you're doing, but today, when i entered the urban sketchers site and so the drawing, without going further down the page I knew it was Your post. All the best from Poland:)

Murray Dewhurst said...

Ah yes, boundaries, that makes more sense - otherwise the authorities would know exactly where to go!

Rahman Ketenciler said...

çok güzel

kumi matsukawa said...

Terrific as usual!

Lynn Cohen said...

You awe me!