Friday, May 29, 2009

Canal in Leiden - Queen's Day 2007

With the help of friends, I'm teaching myself to sketch. Through trial and error, I've learned that I prefer simple sketches with little detail. This one is getting there. I left off the cars parked on both sides of the canal, much of the detail on the buildings that line both sides, and quite a bit more!

I took the photo on Queen's Day Eve in 2007--it was a gorgeous day in Leiden, Holland. For a change, the sun was out and, in the very center of the city, the canals were jammed with boats, waiting for the festivities to begin. I caught this at just the right momement and left off the boat that was parked, with just a portion jutting into view.

I see things that I'll do differently for the next drawing and your critique is welcome. And, I'll print copies of photos to sketch during my ten-and-a-half-hour flights each way in June! I'll also take a few photos, specifically for sketching.


  1. I think you did a very nice job. You don't need all of the detail.

  2. Kristi...I envy your sense of perspective. Great sketch! I agree that you don't need all the's very evocative as the color, too.

  3. I like the lines in this sketch - especially the shapes of the trees. And I also agree, detail is optional. I'm trying to learn this too, and it ain't always easy.

  4. I love the shapes of the trees! You did a great job.