Here are two sketches I did yesterday. The first one is done from memory and the second one was done on location. I am always intrigued by what the mind comes up with versus what we actually see. Granted, we often use the mind's eye even when we are sketching from life but when you have to conjure up the entire scene, especially one that you are trying to remember, invention and probably a host of other visual experiences come into play. I am very curious how much the subconscious mind brings forth buried thoughts about other art that we've viewed, and just how much those thoughts or remembrances, dictate how we construct our drawing. It is as if we have two cameras working; the first one only need look at the subject briefly and be turned on when we look down at our paper. The other is constantly on, scanning our subconscious while we intently draw, looking at out paper and nothing else.
My first sketch is of the place where I caught a lot of catfish last month. The second sketch is of the grounds outside the National Gallery of Art in D.C.