Postcards From the Pond

In this series I did a sketch of a little pond in my neighborhood everyday in June 2018. The pond is a mile from our house in Austin, TX and it’s really just a water retention pond. At first glance it doesn’t seem all that exciting, but I’ve done over 30 sketches there and feel like I’ve barely made a ripple.

My goals for this project were to get to know this place close to home and to practice sketching outside — in wind and rain and weather. Temperatures are already up in the 100s F (38 C) and some days my brushstrokes are drying as fast as I can paint!

I recorded little notes on the back of the postcards and mailed them to myself. It’s such a feeling of accomplishment to open the mailbox and find one there.

Here are a few of my favorite postcards (click on an image to see it larger):

Here’s a quick video of my sketch setup so that you can see my process and hear the redwing blackbirds singing: