Sunday, April 23, 2017

Urbania

Urbania

Missoula, MT

6x9 watercolor
Compared to the architecture and design of downtown Missoula, the urban fringes are a cluster of signs, speeding cars and general chaos. Whoever decided this was a good use of land and aesthetics should be brought back from the grave to answer for the mess. All that aside, it makes for an interesting sketch at this particular moment in time.

Bit by Bit

Bit by Bit

Missoula, MT

6x9 watercolor
I don't like the way this one turned out, but it still chronicles the changes. Now that most of the Mercantile is gone, less the portion in the back of this sketch, the crumbling innards of the old structure are scattered about like a straw bale dropped from the roof of a barn. Over the next year, construction of a new hotel will fill this downtown corner.

Morning at The Break

Morning at The Break

Missoula, MT

6x9 watercolor
With the taste of spring in the air (sort of), the morning coffee crowds are growing larger at the Break Cafe in downtown Missoula. It's hard to sketch in there because it's so dark.

Waiting For The Bulldozers


Waiting For The Bulldozers

Missoula, MT

6x9 watercolor
Back in March, the Mercantile was still standing, though by the time it did this sketch, the roof had been removed. The structure is mostly gone now - quick work made in a matter of weeks.

Outside the Roxy


Outside the Roxy

Missoula, MT

6x9 watercolor
This was done early on a Saturday morning on the corner of Higgins Avenue and Sixth Street in Missoula's "Hip Strip" district.

Morning on Broadway

Morning on Broadway

Missoula, MT


6x9 watercolor
I'd been searching for a new vantage point of Broadway in downtown Missoula for some time. I found an empty parking lot early in the morning where I could encroach on the sidewalk just enough to get this view, since I like to do these sketches sitting down in the car listening to the radio.

Taking Down the Merch


Taking Down The Merc

Missoula, MT

6x9 watercolor
Crews have been working to deconstruct the historic Missoula Mercantile for months now, starting from the inside and working their way out. They removed the bricks one by one on Higgins Avenue before bringing in the bulldozers. This is one of several watercolor sketches of the progress.