Some artists have difficulty deciding what to put on the first page of a new sketchbook, and it causes them some anxiety. I’ve read that you should leave it blank and start on the second page, which is what I did with my first book. Then, as I filled the pages with paintings, I decided to go back to that first blank page and make little pictures to correlate with the larger ones within. I started a new sketchbook a couple of weeks ago, and because it happened to be the beginning of a new year, I doodled that on the first page.
It is not a masterpiece by any means, but that is not what I use my sketchbook for. I use it to chronicle things we’ve seen and places we visited. The paintings are not stellar and simply are just my impressions, and I enjoy flipping through and remembering.
Recently we ate at Taft’s Ale House located in the Over-The-Rhine (OTR) area of town, which was once populated by German immigrants and was considered the heart of Cincinnati’s beer brewing industry. Over the years the OTR area fell to blight but has since undergone great renovations and is once again bursting at the seams with local breweries. Because my husband and his friends are home brewers, we often frequent the local beer makers for a tasting flight.
We had dinner at Taft’s Ale House (est. 2015), an $8 million renovation located in the old St. Paul’s German Evangelical Protestant Church. The church (est. 1850) was Greek Revival in style with large pointed Gothic windows and a three-tier bell and clock tower. The Ale House is named in honor of Cincinnati’s William Howard Taft, our 27th U.S. president, and while most of the patrons were there for the brew, I was more interested in capturing some of the sights in pictures.
Here are my sketchbook impressions of the outside and inside of this gorgeous structure.
Their hilarious logo is based on the legend that President Taft, a hefty guy, once was stuck in a White House bathtub, although this was never a proven fact. At least he used the time to enjoy a good brew – LOL.
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my new sketchbook. If you made it this far, thanks for reading this longer-than-usual post, and cheers!