Santa Fe 2008 Sketch Grids

Canyon Road Grid (larger)

Last month I went on a lively trip to Santa Fe with book club friends. There we met up with former member and fellow sketchblogger Lisa Reed and had a fabulous time exploring, eating, sketching and laughing.

I have a bunch of sketches from the trip to share, and thought I’d start off with the grid pages.

The top one is inspired by pages Lisa and I did this spring on a SketchCrawl in San Francisco. These are very fun to do! I draw out the boxes first, and then find little subjects to fill them.

Daily Grid (larger)

The second grid is similar to one I did this summer on a cabin trip, and chronicles each day. This is a great way to capture the often forgotten moments of a trip.

And hey: to all the many of you who have inquired about my whereabouts and well being lately – thank you! I have indeed been busy, but am still here and have much to share. Stay tuned for plenty more sketch-stuff. In fact, next weekend Lisa and I are meeting up in Austin to celebrate the 20th World Wide Sketchcrawl. Care to join us?


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13 Responses to “Santa Fe 2008 Sketch Grids”

  1. eileen Says:

    love your sketches – they remind me of susan branch’s work

  2. Claire Says:

    Miss you, miss your sketches!

  3. douglas wittnebel Says:

    very impressed by both your abilities and your choice of subject matter, great to view and read!!!


  4. carrie Says:

    You are so inspirational! Your sketches are amazing and look at that itinerary! Wow! Love it!!! I bet you can make any trip look fantastic! 😉

  5. Indigo Says:

    What a great idea! I like sketching over coffee or when we go to archaeological ruins. Seldom enough time (traveling with non-artists who apparently were not gifted with patience) so I do small sketches and fill a page that way. I’m going to try the grid idea next time to see how it works out.

    Really fascinated by the Moleskine idea as well. They aren’t easy to find in Israel but I’m on the trail now. Thanks for the detailed instructions — as a professional technical writer, I doubly appreciated those. 🙂

  6. Anne Says:

    Hi Martha,
    Your sketches and ideas are a great source of inspiration and encouragement to me. I have no formal education in art, but I do have an intense passion to sketch.
    My recent trip to Newfoundland, Canadian East Coast, had no shortage of opportunities. This island is truly a gem in the north Atlantic: Communities of fishing villages perched on rock cliffs and steeped in a rich culture are sprinkled along the rugged coastline. Your ideas of grids etc came in handy when I wanted to capture so much in a limited time.
    Thanks for the blog. I taste, chew and digest every word, every sketch.

  7. ritze Says:

    Loved those santa Fe grids. Also the daily grid I really really want to experience Santa Fe. But for now, I’ll enjoy “your take.” I like the idea of drawing the shape first and then finding something that fits the shape, Somehow it makes me really LOOK!I am passionate about sketchbooks…always have been. It’s part of creating an interesting life…………..

  8. Sherry Says:

    Had to stop by to say how much your on-site sketching has been an inspiration to me, which isn’t to say that sketch-crawling is my forte. I probably do my best work hunched over my table, but I admire your work lots. The Santa Fe grid is charming, and makes me want to buy plane tickets!

  9. Katherine Says:

    I’ve not thought of doing grids like that before – great for all those little things you see which don’t quite make a full-on sketch.

    I like the title of the book club! 🙂

  10. Diana Says:

    Love the sketches of Ashland and Santa Fe! And thanks for the lovely memories. We did have a ton of fun, didn’t we? Your sketches seem like a unique form of folk art. I find them delightful and heart warming. Have fun in Austin, Martha!

  11. Barbara Stecher Says:

    I’ve been away. Just realilzed that your blog wasn’t among the dozens of e-mails I came back to. I was thrilled when this one showed up today.

  12. Shirley Says:

    Terrific, FUN, journal pages. Glad to see your recent work and can’t wait for more. I’ll be in touch soon about Dec in SF.

  13. Lisa Says:

    Ahhhh! So worth the wait, my friend! These grids are THE BEST way to capture a trip or a moment in time! We are for sure doing these next weekend in Austin. Can’t wait!!

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