Sketching on the road.
Whenever my dear wife Pat and I take a "History Trip", we each make sure to bring our sketchbook. It is a much better memory-making device than our camera. We all have thousands of digital photos choking up space on hard drives, most never seen more than a few times before disappearing under the avalanche of, you guessed it . . . even more digital photos.
However, when I take the time - anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour - to sit or stand in one place and sketch a scene, I rarely forget that moment. I can still recall the hot sun on my neck at the 1866 Fetterman Massacre site in Wyoming or the feel of a Montana wind blowing down the valley of the Little Bighorn and through the greasy grass on "Last Stand" hill, while my pencil, paper and imagination carefully fused the past and the present.
The last few days, I managed to draw some small pictures while at Gettysburg and the Robert Morris Inn in Maryland, and here they are. I may post more over the next week. Be kind, dear viewer, and remember - they are simply intended to jog my memory and perhaps inspire me to break out my paints.
One more thing. The next time you venture forth, by all means - bring your camera. Just don't forget your pencil and sketchbook.
Sketching Round Top at Gettsyburg, Pennsylvania, while
in period costume. The visitors loved it.
Round Top from the north, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
McPherson's Barn, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Aboard the 1886 skipjack, "Rebecca Ruark" out of Tilghman, Maryland
The 1710 Robert Morris Inn, Oxford, Maryland