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

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Union South, during Spring Break

Seven sketchers arrived at Union South, despite the brisk wind. I was amazed by the lack of people until a more observant person informed me it was spring break. Fine if you like architecture, a bit more challenging if you came to draw people.


Pam, Tsela, Mercedes, Deb, Gretchen, Carolyn and me...Ruth

More than one of us remarked how wonderful it was to be next to like minded people, drawing what we see. I am grateful for our group.

Tsela gets a birds eye view, Pam is no doubt in deep conversation...

our results...love the different takes on the Union

Next meet up is at the Capitol...I'm still thinking of places where we can be inside, but (if we're optimistic) also outside.
If anyone has their own ideas for our meet ups, post them on Facebook or just let me know....

We're lucky to sketch together.
Stay creative
Ruth