When I’m not sketching at home, I’m sketching near home. Doing this not only helps with a regular sketching practice, it reminds me that the everyday is worth recording.
My walks in my neighborhood pretty much look like this. Not stop-in-your-tracks stunning, but pleasant, well-paved and safely distanced. Most importantly, it’s been possible to walk everyday: the suburbs have enough space to be safely distanced outside and the weather lets you step out all year round in San Jose.
And if that weren’t enough to be thankful for, we hit a new milestone today: Santa Clara County has moved to yellow tier (which is one step better than orange tier, two better than red tier and three better than purple tire where we were in the winter) with more people vaccinated and covid cases dropping. I joined some happy people at my awesome local coffeeshop, sitting outside and drawing them.
This has been a strange year. In many ways I’ve felt cocooned off from the world. But it’s also hit home how connected the world is and how vulnerable we all are. It’s complicated to post upbeat posts like this one, knowing that not everyone is lucky to have access to vaccines and have covid cases under control. I’m hoping these posts come across as something to brighten up your day and inspire you, and as hope that we will all see things get better and better this year.