Little Signposts of Urban Life

From my recent sketches, a few little signposts of urban lives and spaces.

There are many fire hydrants in my neighborhood, even one just across the street from me. But my favorite one is a few blocks away. Crusty, peeling and almost overrun by the succulents that grow around it. I love the collection of textures.

Ink and smudged marks on smooth paper

Private Property. No Trespassing. The sign and orange plastic fencing separate me from a beautiful field of mustard in bloom. And pretty as the mustard is, that’s not what catches my eye.

Crayon and ink

New signs for new times. Special parking spots at the grocery store for when you order online and pickup. I drive up to this spot, call the number on the sign, open the trunk of my car and sketch while I wait for my groceries to be brought outside and loaded in my trunk.

Watercolor and ink

Beautiful stuff is everywhere around you if you look beyond accepted standards. The things that catch my eye, I stop and sketch. And just the act of connection and observation for that period of time means I see a beauty in them that I would never see without the pause.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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4 Responses to Little Signposts of Urban Life

  1. Annie says:

    Thank you for all 3 of your sketches today, each so different from one another, and for your thoughts about opportunities, connections, beauty. You really spoke to me today, Suhita.

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  2. Jessica says:

    It’s the little things that count – and that is never more true than in sketching. I LOVE hydrants and sketch them wherever I travel.

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  3. Barabara says:

    I was happy to see you are sketching while waiting for grocery pickup, I have been doing the same! Your sketches are wonderful.

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