Urban Renewal Sketch

Lots of renovation and renewal are underway in many cities most of the time–so much so that we often walk by it without noticing it. Even on the Mall grounds of the nation’s capital, there is an enormous renovation project underway involving replacing acres of  turf and creating more water-efficient subterranean systems.  This is necessary due to the flood-prone nature of this low-lying land.  It’s nearly impossible to miss the construction going on in every direction.

Carousel Study 3

Illustration: Watercolor, gouache, and Kuretake brush pen with black ink by Black Elephant Blog author

But even piles of dirt, fences, back hoes, and tractors cannot detract from the beauty of the scenery of this open space lined with majestic museums and capped off with the Capitol Building.