Friday, March 13, 2020

Posting Sketches

Sorry the last message gave my email incorrectly.  It is:

If you email a photo of your sketch I am happy to post it on the blog.  It would be great to see what others are sketching now.  Take care,   Pat

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Cancellation of Sketching Dates

We have decided that for the time being we are cancelling any indoor venue sketching dates due to the coronavirus emergency.  Hopefully as it warms up we can do some outdoor sketching but we will just have to wait and see.  Please check the blog calendar for updates. We hope everyone is well and stays that way!!

In the meantime I hope you will all keep urban sketching.  When the weather is bad or windy I often sketch from my car and it works.  You can find lots of good places in a car, too.

If you want to post sketches on the blog in the meantime you can email them to me:    and I will post them.

Anyone who is already a blog author can also post them on there by clicking on New Post in the  upper right corner of the blog page.  If you are not a blog author yet you just need to send me your gmail address and I can invite you to be one and then you can post any time.  Urban Sketchers just asks that your sketches relate to sketching your environment from life and not photos.

It would be great to see some more sketches on the blog.  Take care and keep sketching!!!  Pat

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Pheasant Branch Conservancy - Middleton

One of the best things about the Madison area is the proximity of wonderful natural places like Pheasant Branch.  Yesterday evening there were lots of people walking, jogging and dog walking.  Also a few Sandhill Cranes calling and flying over and Red Wing Blackbirds staking out there territory. Soon there will be a lot more cranes flying in for the night and some that nest there in summer.  All the snow was melted and it felt like spring was here again.  -- Pat Wafer

Tree with nesting box:  Ink & watercolor in Stillman & Birn Beta Sketchbook

Monday, March 2, 2020

Bike Path near Odana Rd. - February 29th

It was nice to take a walk in the warm weather last weekend.  Did a quick ink sketch on the path and painted it at home trying to remember all the colors.  I had to do the dad with the stroller really quick but it was fun to try.  -  Pat Wafer

Ink and gouache on watercolor paper

Monday, February 10, 2020

Nick Napping - February 10th

What a beautiful day to go to the zoo!  After sketching the lagoon by Mills St. I went over to the zoo to check out the polar bears. Looks like I made the bear a little too small or the crows a little too big.  I love these Strathmore hardbound sketchbooks.  Versatile paper and they lay flat.  This one is 9x12 and I also really like the 11x14 for sketching or painting landscapes.  Pat Wafer

Watercolor sketch on Strathmore 500 series Mixed Media Journal

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Edgewater Hotel 2-8-2020

It was just about warm enough to sketch at the Edgewater on Saturday.  I added color later indoors from memory using watercolor and Posca pens and Tombow markers. Lots of kids there and the skating rink was very busy. 

Kites on Lake Mendota