Lunch at Sweet Basil

Last Friday May, 4 we decided to have lunch out and went to Sweet Basil, a restaurant in Lyndonville, VT. I wanted to get back to doing some urban sketching after a long winter so I brought a sketch pad and drawing materials along.  I was struck by the stacks of locally made jams and salsas on the counter and all of the kitchen paraphernalia (dishes stacked and bowls filled with who knows what) and couldn’t resist trying to capture the “busy-ness” of the scene. I generally don’t add people to my urban sketches but I think it’s a skill I need to work on so I tried it with this drawing. I had to work very quickly and feel that the figures are rather stiff as a result. I’ll have to work on getting people to look more natural in this kind of composition. It’s very different from drawing just the figure in life drawing.


Author: Jeff Gold

I'm a retired musician (oboist) now living in Vermont and exploring various avenues of art, urban sketching, life drawing, block printing and digital abstractions.

2 thoughts on “Lunch at Sweet Basil”

    1. Hi Ruth. Yes, I’ve been following her blog for some time and I’ve also watched her Craftsy class “Figure Sketching Made Simple”. I’m only now trying to deal with the complication of adding figures to a full composition (especially on location). It will be a while before I feel totally comfortable with it. Thanks for commenting.


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