Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sun Prairie Sketching - my entry

Our group had such a great time on our field trip - thanks again Pat for this idea - and I came home to a sketch that needed a bit of color. The Beans & Cream Cafe in Sun Prairie had a wonderful display of children's work - autumn trees - rich autumn colors to inspire anyone...


my friends Elsie, Mercedes, Vivian and Deb...watercolor and micron pen

My daughter and her boyfriend joined in the sketchcrawl from Spain, where they live. A visit to a town north of Madrid produced this sketch....




These connections all over the world, united in our interest in showing the world, one sketch at a time, where we live and what we do... how wonderful!


Join us in December when we meet once again in Madison at the Historical Society in downtown Madison - check out our Events tab for more great sketch meet ups in 2018.

And stay creative.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

WW Sketchcrawl - Sun Prairie, Wi. - November 11th, 2017

Sketching at the Bean and Cream Coffeehouse
Talking sketching at Market Street Diner
Carol did her crawl at the Holiday Bazaar in Madison on her way to Sun Prairie
We had a great bunch of sketchers come out to Sun Prairie today to sketch for the WW Sketchcrawl.  Our group photo was to have been posted on Instagram today with the others from Urban Sketchers all over the world.  We had a total of 14 sketchers come out and for 4 of them it was their first time so we hope they will come back soon!!  Sketchers came from as far away as Platteville and Prairie du Sac today as well as the Madison area and one recently moved here from Germany and had sketched with Urban Sketchers Munich!  So we really had a pretty international group today!  I think everyone enjoyed having the "party room" at the Market Street Diner so we could spread out our sketchbooks and talk sketching.  It is pretty amazing that our group was just one of many groups and individuals sketching all over the world today.  I was impressed with the level of skill and commitment to drawing our world shown by everyone there today.  Well done, USK Madison!!!

Our next outing will be on December 2nd at the State Historical Society on Library Mall from 10 am to Noon.  (See Events Calendar) The reading room there is a great place to sketch and thermoses are allowed so bring that morning coffee, tea or whatever!
Urban Sketchers Madison with their Sun Prairie Sketches from today's WW Sketchcrawl

Saturday, November 4, 2017

WW Sketchcrawl with Urban Sketchers - Saturday Nov. 11th - Sun Prairie, Wi

Saturday Nov. 11th is the date for the 57th World Wide Sketchcrawl and Urban Sketchers all over the world will be participating and posting their sketches and photos of their groups on Instagram.  If all goes according to plan ours will be featured between 2:15 and 2:30pm CST.  Elsie will be posting them for us.  http://www.urbansketchers.org/2017/11/drawing-attention-november-2017.html

We chose to go to Sun Prairie for sketching to avoid the Iowa vs Wisconsin football traffic.  We will meet at the Bean and Cream Coffeehouse at Cannery Square at 11am and have lunch at the Market Street Diner across the street.  There is a nice little park there also but may be too cold to sketch outdoors.  The diner has a nice party room that we reserved with lots of table room.  Hope to see you there!  Cannery Square is just off Main St. in Sun Prairie.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Southwest

I have been in Durango, CO, and SE Utah.

Smiley Cafe is a Depression Era Middle and High School in Durango, now very popular as a cafe and office/studio space. Watercolor in Stillman & Birn sketchbook:

Sand Island campground is at the southern edge of Bears Ears National Monument.  Bluff, the nearest town, has about 320 population and was founded in 624.  These are cottonwoods as they are just turning to gold in early Oct:

This sketch is in watercolor in a Moleskin notebook.  The paper doesn't take watercolor easily, but it can be coaxed.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Back at Olbrich Gardens

USK Madison met today, Sunday, at Olbrich Gardens and none too soon; several of us remarked on the much needed sense of peace and calm the garden gave us, both inside and out. What a wonderful day.



We had 10 people turn out, including new member Sally (gosh I hope I have that name right Sally) regardless, she had a good time and said she would be back. A few brave souls (Louise among them of course) braved the cold, most of us stayed inside with the canaries and orchids and soaked up the warmth.

Jean sketching the indoor tropics


Cindy shows a very cool bag she bought....I forgot the name - "Darcy", perhaps?


The Crew show off their sketches


My watercolor, Stillman & Birns, micron pen and paint

A great way to spend the day...see you in November for World Wide Sketchcrawl day!

Friday, October 13, 2017

UW Arboretum Saturday October 7th

I think there were at least 4 of us at the Arboretum on Saturday.  I came late but did sit outside under a tree in the wind long enough to sketch this with watercolor pencils.  There is an article about it in this week's Isthums.  The clouds parted for a few minutes for a glimpse of blue sky.  Hopefully next week we are due for more sunshine.
Arch created by Mike Burns for the Horticultural Gardens