so like i said in the previous post, i was a) broke this summer b) too cheap to buy gas c) working 40 hours a week. this left me with limited options, but luckily i am close to the twin cities and those options are better than most. too often i feel that most individuals (including myself) want to explore far away lands in search of more. however, i say why? yes, i want to be a traveler and go to europe and third world countries, but let's face it i'm a student for the time being.
so this summer i went to local areas in the cities and in the outskirts as well. some of these places i had been before and others i hadn't.
these pictures were taken in dinkytown with a good friend of mine. i tried to capture texture, color and line.
another expedition occured a few times over the summer. i really enjoyed the area by summit/grand avenue in st. paul. there are ideal shops, creative neighbors, historic buildings and grand architecture. i found a cafe as well that i went to a few times called Nina's...check er out.
a friend and i then travelled to the outskirts of minneapolis to franconia, mn. ever heard of it? yeah, me neither. but i was told there was a sculpture garden there and had to see it for myself. my appreciation for sculpture is on a tipsy scale, however this was a remote area with remarkable aesthetic pieces. i'd recommend it.
finally, i felt like i became a true city girl when i went down to lake street/hennepin avenue. it's a great place to people watch, sketch and observe. but sometimes it means being observed as well, just so you're aware of that. lake calhoun is a great place in the summer and i hope to someday live close to the area (big big hope).
during the summer sometimes i would find myself very bitter over the fact that i couldn't actually take a plane somewhere or just go on a whim. but looking back at my sketchbook and these pictures, i realize that i've got a lot to show for.