Sketching Near Home

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.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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5 Responses to Sketching Near Home

  1. Nice sketches, I really like the street, and the people.


  2. Barbara Beynon says:

    So appreciative of your sketches at home and near home. During the past year, your postings have added a positive level of perspective to my days. Thanks so much. It’s great to be gradually emerging. I too, here in north Florida, am lucky to be able to be outside year round and to have had many safe places in our community to walk.

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  3. Annie says:

    Your postings do brighten my day and inspire, Suhita, thank you, and today especially for your thoughts about your regular sketching habits reminding you that the everyday is worth recording.

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  4. miatagrrl says:

    I feel the same… very privileged to have been able to make choices like staying safely at home for a year, and then privileged again to be vaccinated quickly. But every person who is vaccinated is making it safer for others, and the more you go out and patronize businesses, the sooner they will recover too.

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  5. Theresa says:

    You have indeed brightened the day Suhita! Keep up the good work. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙏🏻

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