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A New Hobby

A few weeks ago, I decided to try my hand at sketching old buildings. I’m learning as I go, but find the activity to be fun and relaxing. Here are a few examples:

This sketch of Bethesda Methodist Episcopal Church is not entirely historically accurate, but captures the look of the church during its early years. I got married in the church earlier this month.

This imaginary scene includes a typical, simple Eastern Shore house from the colonial era. Perhaps in a couple of decades, its owner will be able to build a bigger one. Though I think of the house as a cabin, during this period, that term was used for Indian dwellings. This is my favorite drawing so far.

A scene in Colonial Williamsburg, inspired by real structures, but with a number of modifications and additions. I began this sketch in the waiting room of an auto repair shop just outside the historic district due to an unexpected flat tire.


Another imaginary scene; this decrepit old house is sheathed in cypress shingles from roof to foundation. The nearby marsh could be in lower Delaware, or along the Chesapeake. A road of oyster shells leads to an old wooden bridge.

The old Delmar High School during its early years. I found the long rows of windows to be much more difficult than rows of wooden shingles in previous drawings, which don’t have to be all that straight or consistent.

– Chris Slavens

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