Art: Jane LaFazio

Today’s guest blog post is by Jane LaFazio, one of the teachers in our Beginning kourse. Here, she shares one of the great side benefits of sketching on location.

I visited Charleston, South Carolina for the first time this year. I went on a carriage tour around the city to familiarize myself with the town and its history. The next day, I found a spot along the sidewalk across from the 200-year old City Market, where all the horse-drawn carriages stop to pick up passengers. I knew I’d have plenty to sketch.

In the time I sat there drawing, I learned about the horses, their gear, the tourists, the sweetgrass baskets. I even met the inventor of the “Greenhorse Equine Sanitation” system!

Because I took a little time to draw on location, it all helped me understand and enjoy Charleston on a deeper level. That probably wouldn’t have happened if I’d just snapped a photo and moved on.

Want to learn more about sketching on location and keeping a sketch journal on your vacations? Check out our next kourse, Urban Sketching.

The artist at work! Jane in South Carolina, sketching on location.

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