Ellicott City Day Trip

Last Sunday, I spent the afternoon in quaint Ellicott City, Maryland. First, I'm happy to report that the town has just about fully recovered from the August 2016 flood. (For more information, check out this site.) Most of the stores were opened while a couple were slated to open the end of the month. 

The day started with lunch at Tea on the Tiber (here's a link to their site). Such a cute restaurant/shop with a large selection of tea. We had reservations for noon and were promptly seated upon our arrival. The tea was very good as was the food. I was happy they substituted some of the sandwiches as I'm a vegetarian. Even though it didn't look like much food, I left full. The ladies were very nice and even offered to keep our leftovers in their fridge until we were done shopping so they wouldn't melt in the car. 

We next spent time browsing and window shopping along the main street in town. For those with limited mobility, this might not be a good choice as it is hilly and the sidewalks are uneven. There are places to sit and people watch or enjoy a cold beverage. We ended the afternoon watching the mallards frolic in the Patapsco River. 

If you never been in the historic part of town, it's worth a visit! 


Travel Sketching Inspiration

One of my favorite artists is urban sketcher/architect Liz Steel. She's Australian and very active in blogging her sketches, techniques, and product reviews in addition to teaching classes. I highly recommend you check her out! I recently purchased her latest read, 5-Minute Sketching--Architecture: Super-quick Techniques for Amazing Drawings, and love it! It's very helpful! i really like all the examples and hope to put her techniques into practice once the weather breaks.

Liz's blog has all kind of inspiration! I really enjoy her coffee sketches and seeing what's in her watercolor palette. Recently, she posted sketches from her trip to New Zealand. Stop by her site...but make sure you have plenty of time! http://www.lizsteel.com/