Graffiti by the River
I am working towards an exhibit of drawings of Cedar Falls, Iowa, my home for over 25 years.
As I draw Cedar Falls, I have discovered themes. EDGE OF TOWN is one of them. Here is a drawing I did today, Thursday, September 13th. I sat under the highway bridge that crosses over the Cedar River above Washington Park. The further bridge is a bicycle/pedestrian bridge that leads to an extensive trail system within George Wyth State Park (all the trees and color beyond). The river is a wild place. This river front, city park is a wild place. It is only a few blocks from my old-town residential neighborhood. On walks, I routinely see fox, raccoon, bald eagles, and heron. All while semis rumble overhead on the highway. I'd been attracted to drawing these two bridges for awhile. When I discovered the freshly applied graffiti at the base of the bridge pier the other day, I knew I had to act fast. The public works department is super vigilant about painting over graffiti. It usually doesn't last more than a couple weeks.
Here are two other drawings I did this summer that I feel speak to the EDGE OF TOWN theme:
Dead End at the Bean Field
Cornfield from North Cedar Neighborhood