Wednesday, June 13, 2018

West Washington Train Station




My fingers were crossed and mother nature did come through, sparing us from the daily showers we've been receiving for the past few weeks. Ten sketchers gathered at the old train station to share sketches and draw together. Given the chilly temps, a few spent their time in Porter's Coffee Shop, not a bad idea.


work by The Gang



my own, without too much further work at home this time...


And a welcome to new sketcher Stephanie, on the left next to Gretchen...Lora had to leave early


Thanks all for sharing and drawing together.....and remember to stay creative.
Ruth

Monday, May 28, 2018

Sketching on a Warm Memorial Day Weekend

Looks as though we had a good crowd at Vilas Zoo this past Saturday.

Big thank you to Cindy and Tsela for posting on Facebook, they reported a few new faces which is always nice to hear. Saturday morning meetups are often hard for me to get to, so it's nice to find others taking and sharing some pictures.

We love to see what you do!

I walked over to Sequoya Commons that afternoon to sketch those coming for ice cream. There was a beautiful light breeze, it was fun to watch all different types of people arrive for what I'm pretending was their first taste of summer.

Stillman & Birns Zeta Sketchbook, watercolor first, pentel ink pen on top


Who knows? The Ice Cream Shoppe is open year round....

Next meetup is the Sunday afternoon one at the Washington Train Station downtown.

Take care and keep sketching
Ruth

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Afternoon at Agora

It was a quiet Mother's Day at Agora in Fitchburg. Three of us gathered together and by some miracle dodged the rain for the afternoon. I was familiar with the front of Agora having driven past it several times, but discovered the peace and quiet behind the buildings where we gathered to sketch.


Rebecca, Colette and I all decided to sit in an open area that gave great views of the building and the grassy area. This place offered a lot of variety, areas to spread out your painting materials, places to duck under if it rained, parking and the cafe was open.

I say we should visit once again.

Rebecca had a great Mother's Day pondering the landscape and working in colored pencil



My friend Colette from the Madison Art Guild, joined us and spent her time working on perspective of the buildings



and I just enjoyed working with other sketchers, sharing ideas, being together

Join us for our Saturday meet up at Vilas Zoo at the end of the month and please bring good weather with you!

Stay Creative,
Ruth

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Always Something to Sketch

It was so wonderfully beautiful this weekend. I reserved my Sunday afternoon to head off on my bike with my sketching gear, this time turning away from center city on the bike path toward Verona.


bike bridge over the beltline near Home Depot

I headed over the bridge on top of the 12/18 beltline and found some shade close to the overpass. I provided a lot of amusement to other bikers as I laid out my various tools, watercolor, etc. I enjoy a little spectacle.

Stillman & Birns Zeta sketchbook, watercolor and Faber Castell ink pens

I think I'll put a bit of shadow under the bridge in the background, but other than that I was pleased. I painted first, then redrew with ink pens. I like disagreeing lines.

There's always something to draw!

I'll be in Fitchburg next Sunday afternoon for our meet-up near Promega at Agora, come join me and...
Stay creative
Ruth

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Spring Has Arrived!

I know that you know how wonderful this weekend felt.

We Urban Sketchers have been dutifully sketching indoors for what seems forever, but Saturday I headed out to Prairie Du Sac and spent a most enjoyable 2 hours walking, looking, and drawing. I was totally fortified with the entire experience.

No wonder we draw...

The Bonham Theater, along the Saulk River

Don't forget the sketch meet up coming up this coming Saturday at the Lakeside Street Coffee Shop, a great location rain or shine. 
I'll be out of town, so I expect a full report!

Stay Creative,
Ruth

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sketch the Capitol

Always good to head to downtown Madison to sketch the gorgeous State Capitol. It completely humbles you. More than one of us mentioned how overwhelmed we were.

There was lots going on; a wedding, tours, fraternity swearing in and of course a sketching group.

Mercedes, Elsie, Cindy, Michael, Jan and Ruth

It was interesting to see the different interpretations, things we focused on. We were also glad the locations were still indoors - it's still mighty cold out there!





Next location is at the Lakeside Coffee Shop....PLEASE bring some warm weather with you!

Stay Creative,
Ruth