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.