maybe the dreams that we dreamed are gone

Arboretum UC Davis

This is another lunchtime sketch from the UC Davis campus, this time down at the creek in the Arboretum, looking towards King Hall and, well, Mrak Hall, back there somewhere. You can just about make it out. It has been a while since I drew from this shaded path by the water, but it used to be a regular sketching spot for me, and I’d come back every year to draw as the scene changed. It looks a little bit unrecognizable from the very first time now. Believe it or not, the sketch below was drawn from the same place, over fourteen years ago. Obviously my drawing style has evolved a bit since 2007 but you can see how much things have changed in this view.

mrak, seen from the creek

I know, I do a lot of these types of posts. Here’s a drawing of somewhere on campus, and here’s what it used to look like years ago. I never imagined being here this long. I’m not sure what I imagined back in 2007, but here we are still in Davis, tracking the changes. And for those of you “why don’t you put people in your sketches, blah blah blah” folks, look, there is one person in each of these two drawings, although the newer one is more of an anthropomorphic scribble. It’s probably not the same person, but maybe it is, after all, I am. They have gone from jogging along that path to walking across the grass, into the shrubs. I’m still drawing into a Moleskine, trying to interpret the world into ink lines and watercolour blots.

3 thoughts on “maybe the dreams that we dreamed are gone

  1. Marsha Gibeling says:

    Pete – my husband, Jeff Gibeling, just gave me your book on “People”. I’m very excited to have it! Been wanting to sketch for ages, but didn’t know how to get started. I plan to collect as many of your sketches as possible. And I’d love to look over your shoulder one of these days to see how you create these awesome pieces. (I may be dating myself with a word such as “awesome”, but it felt right to me! I’m almost 71. And Jeff is close behind me!)

    Are you going to be doing any walks in the future? I’d love to join you. And Jeff wants to know if he can see/ get copies of any of your sketches of the Walker Hall transformation. He was intimately involved in the creation of that restoration and it will always hold a piece of his heart. Would love to frame a few for pleasant memories.

    Looking forward to making your acquaintance one of these days!

  2. Marsha Gibeling says:

    Pete – my husband, Jeff Gibeling, just gave me your book on “People”. I’m very excited to have it! Been wanting to sketch for ages, but didn’t know how to get started. I plan to collect as many of your sketches as possible. And I’d love to look over your shoulder one of these days to see how you create these awesome pieces. (I may be dating myself with a word such as “awesome”, but it felt right to me! I’m almost 71. And Jeff is close behind me!)

    Are you going to be doing any walks in the future? I’d love to join you. And Jeff wants to know if he can see/ get copies of any of your sketches of the Walker Hall transformation. He was intimately involved in the creation of that restoration and it will always hold a piece of his heart. Would love to frame a few for pleasant memories.

    Looking forward to making your acquaintance one of these days!

    • pete scully says:

      Hello Marsha, thanks for your kind comment! I am hoping that our monthly sketchcrawl will be back in early December, the date will be announced soon (we weren’t able to hold one in November due to schedules), and I’ll make the announcement here and on the “Let’s Draw Davis” Facebook page, I hope you will be able to join us. I will share the Walker Hall sketches with Jeff, he did inspire me to start that particular drawing project! That has been a lot of fun documenting over the past several years.

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