Bethesda Fountain, Central Park - Then and Now
I started sketching in 2003, after buying Gwen Diehn's book The Decorated Page. It took me almost 2 years to fill a watercolor sketchbook because I was still working long hours. One of those early sketches, and watercolor painting with student grade watercolor paints, was of Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, New York.
This morning it was 68 degrees and sunny when I woke up and I couldn't resist an 8AM walk to the Park and to Bethesda Fountain for another sketch. I thought it would be fun to upload my first sketch and this morning's sketch since I didn't even start sketching daily or start my blog until Jan. 2006.
Here is a sketch from July 2003:
I then redrew the top of the fountain and painted it the same morning:
And here is my still unpainted sketch from this morning - from a different bench. The sun was changing the shadows very quickly, so I took a photo and will paint it at home sometime soon. The faint pencil lines are the top of the trees/sky line.