Jo Reimer, artist living and working in Portland Oregon
Thursday, November 07, 2013
From My Sketchbook, 5 more pages
by Jo Reimer
Caldwell County Courthouse
We were impressed by this amazing courthouse in the Lockhart, Texas town square. It was built in 1894 of blue sandstone with Pecos red sandstone trim. This day it was shrouded in scaffolding as workers cleaned the surfaces. A quiet Sunday allowed me unobstructed views but my drawing skills weren't quite up to the task. Still, I remember the blue sky and the two young boys who stopped to watch me for a while.
Lunch at the Gristmill
This was another scene that proved too much for me and my little book. However, one of the wait staff kept looking over my shoulder and finally asked about how to learn to draw. That made my day, and maybe hers, too.
Aerial drawing over Texas farmland
As we flew in a small plane toward Dallas we were low and slow enough for me to capture some of the roads near a small Texas farm town. The rusty red circles are old buffalo wallows, now cattle ponds. (at least that's what my brother-in-law who knows such things told me.) See how the road circles the ponds?
One can't really DRAW the sunset.
After Agnes Martin
Agnes Martin was a Canadian-American minimalist painter, an abstract expressionist whose work I first saw in the Agnes Martin Gallery at the Harwood Museum in Taos. The works were soft paintings with almost no color, just atmosphere, covered with lines. Here's a link to a video of the gallery: Agnes Martin at the Harwood.