En route to our Thanksgiving destination, it was warm enough to sit on a bench in Jackson Square, New Orleans yesterday afternoon to do this sketch of Andrew Jackson on a horse. Sometimes sketching relieves a mind tired of taking in news and lots of sights (most of which we’ve seen before).
This afternoon, the square was a relaxing, brightly lit scene with red Christmas ribbons tied on the lampposts at the entrances to the Jackson Square park. Palm trees twinkled in the sun, while huge lime-green leaves on the banana trees had a natural sparkle all around the park. The afternoon’s light was crisp and clear, with fathers watching their toddlers and foreign visitors enjoying sitting on the benches all around the park. Gradually the sun sank lower in the sky and a chill penetrated the shady side of the park. Fortunately by then I was ready to call it quits, and get back to the sunny side of the square. Certainly on such a beautiful day in a week of Thanksgiving, there’s lots to be thankful for. There may be time to set up an easel here tomorrow morning and try to blend in with the street artists!