Given it was just after opening time on a weekday, I thought it would be safe to go to the mall to sketch. I had two goals: the Santa Land and finding a trash bin to sketch.
Eh? Trash bin? Yes. “Garbage” is the weekly theme for the Urban Sketchers flickr group. I had nothing to add on that theme so I thought I’d find something at the mall. It’s only about 35 degrees out so I didn’t want to drive around to find a garbage bin to sketch from the car.
I found a couple likely scenes to sketch the minimalist, utilitarian bins at the mall.
Next it was on to Santa Land. I was rather disappointed. In previous years they’ve had a big display with a large sleigh in which Santa sat. Last year and now, this year, too, Santa is just on a couch. The surrounding display was the same. I didn’t even bother to sketch him as I’d sketched him last year. This year I sketched the large “Santa” sign, a match for the sign I drew last year.
Too bad I won’t be in Portland until the day after the “Hipster Santa” is in the mall. It might almost be worth it to go a day early! And if only I had a reason to go to Toronto. Fashion Santa seems very cool.
The second sketch was made on a new paper sample. It is Stonehenge Aqua from Legion paper. I’ve not done a thorough and rigorous test. This is just my impression from having used it for a watercolor sketch. It’s fine. I liked it alright. If it were available locally, I might use it but I’d have to order it from Cheap Joe’s. It’s not listed on the site yet so I don’t know the cost. I’ve been trying out several papers. So far, I may go with Canson’s Moulin de Roy. It is 100% cotton but $2 cheaper than Arches per 22×30 sheet. It’s performance, for my sketching, is as good as Arches. And I can get it at Daniel Smith.