October 30, 2015 | John Berendzen | Sketching

Pens and Pencils

Summer sketching this year pushes into fall.  We’ve spent a lot of time in Benton Park this year.  The bridge and pond are a central focus, as are the buildings that surround the east and north sides.  Frank used to live on the north side of the park.  The scale of the neighborhood – tall brick buildings framing the edge of the park – are especially nice.  Mornings bring the dog walkers and runners out.  It is a friendly place to draw.

Now with the cooler weather we’ve retreated into the warm and inviting confines of the Gelateria Del Leone.  You’ve got to love it when a building takes it’s name from the architecture (look for the terra cotta lion heads on the Grand Avenue facade).  The coffee and baked goods are excellent, and opportunities to sketch abound.

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Pen sketch of the bridge and surrounding buildings of Benton Park
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Detail of the Bridge in pencil
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Nice pen sketch of the bridge and pond by Mary!
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Albie captures the streetscape around South Grand
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