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July 11, 2014
Jonathan Edwards sketch tour
Urban sketching has really become a way of life for me the past several years, and it's fun when I can generate a little interest in the "sport" here and there. Last week I was invited to a local television station here in Fresno, where I was able to talk about the process, and the next day was able to show my sketches for the first time at the Fresno Art Hop, where hundreds of locals came through. Many people showed great interest, and I was very happy to share how it works. The following morning I flew to Hartford, Connecticut, where I met up with my father-in-law, who loves to self-publish books from a psychologist's perspective. His books are usually geared for those who are looking to live productive, healthy, happy lives. His project this time is producing a practical book about the life of Jonathan Edwards, an early American intellectual, philosopher, and theologian who has had a powerful impact on American religion, education and culture. My father-in-law was attracted to Edwards even more because of the astounding progeny that followed his life; an unbelievable number of lawyers, educators, college presidents, public office holders, missionaries, senators, clergymen, and a vice-president. His goal was to head into the land of Jonathan Edwards, see where he was born, raised, where he preached, traveled, and died. My job was to illustrate his book with urban sketches, so this video gives a glimpse into our 4 or 5 days together, and a few of the sketches I came up with from that beautiful part of the country.