Today was a low-key day. Which is nice sometimes. No catastrophes at work. No drama. And no new art was made (so far).
Instead, I spent the evening emptying the sink of dishes and tidying up the house. I rewarded my industriousness by roasting up a batch of coffee beans. I got this home roaster for Christmas that I just love. Today’s beans were Sumatra Dry-Hulled Aceh Bukit. I wasn’t sure what most of those words meant, so I looked them up at Sweet Maria’s. Basically, Aceh and Bukit are regions of Sumatra, and dry-hulled is the process used in preparing the beans to ship. I put them to a pretty dark roast, and am thrilled to try them tomorrow morning.
For now, we turn to another Maria: the street by my house. It meanders alongside Interstate 94 from just outside of downtown St. Paul and “ends” half a block from my house, where it becomes Hudson Rd. Little known fact: locals pronounce the street name like you would the singer Mariah Carey.
This little sketch was completed recently, looking west on Maria. It highlights the assorted shops that dot the sidewalk, with apartments above. It was a bright but cool day, which hopefully comes across in the mostly neutral palette. Interest is spiked with bold shadows and the unusual, acidic orange liquor store sign.
Yes, that’s really the color.
Now it’s time for a little feedback. What’s working in this picture? What could be improved? What do you want to see more of on this blog. Let me know.