Our local newspaper, the Cedar Falls/Waterloo Courier, recently asked their readers: “What makes your neighborhood special? Be specific. Speak details”. Good question! When I draw where I live, I’m showing the specifics of my hometown of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Sometimes the specifics are quite mundane and ordinary (as Virginia Hein spoke in her most recent post). Sometimes the specifics are quite special.
There are twelve churches within a three-quarter mile radius from my house. That’s special!
I drew this on a recent Spring day at the end of April, finally warm enough to draw outdoors. And still bug-free enough to not be tormented. Standing on newly green grass, the steeple of New Redeemer Lutheran Church could be seen through the barely budding trees. Oh, and those glorious shadows of early Spring!
See photos of the backstory and rough sketches of this drawing-in-the-making HERE, on the regional Urban Sketchers Midwest Blog.Two more of the twelve churches in my neighborhood. This was from several winters ago, drawn from my upstairs bedroom window. The steeple of First United Methodist Church is on the left, and St Patrick’s Catholic Church is on the right. Across the street from each other, they make quite a defining pair. In summer, I cannot see either through the density of leafy, tall trees. But, I can hear the carillon of First United through all seasons. That’s special, too!