Tuesday, February 13, 2018

USK February Meetup at Olbrich Gardens

It was certainly cold outside on Sunday, but warm inside Olbrich Gardens on the east side of Madison, Wisconsin. Seven sketchers happily took advantage and produced some interesting sketches.

Dave, Becky and Jeanie joined us for the first time - please come back!

We all remarked about the variety of what we saw....



Everyone but me smartly went into the observatory, I stayed out in the common area. I had decided to contrast my frozen deck that morning with the plant I found by the bench I was sitting on.



Next up, Starbucks in Target on the Westside at Hilldale. The advantage is, you can pick up your groceries after you're done sketching!
Stay tuned for more events as we begin to think of warmer weather...outside again.
Stay creative,
Ruth

Friday, February 2, 2018

Urban Sketchers News for February: Drawing Attention

Here's the link for the monthly news for Urban Sketchers.  The format was changed a couple months ago and can be read online as a magazine.  Very cool.  And there is a segment from NBC Nightly News featuring a USK group in Syracuse, NY.    www.urbansketchers.org/2018/01/drawing-attention-february-2018.html

Monday, January 29, 2018

Sketchers Abound at the Memorial Union

Such a great way to start a weekend, a good sized group of sketchers doing what they do best; sharing tools, enthusiasm, and sketching.

I decided to stay at our meet-up spot in Peets Coffee with Mercedes and Mary, but many went off in different directions. The weather was lovely (it's hard to keep track of that in WI this winter). We reconvened as usual for photos and examining our sketchbooks together.

we had to have two photos of sketchbooks, we had such a good showing!


great place to sketch at Peet's Coffee...not to mention good coffee



Stillman and Birns sketchbook, micron  pen and watercolor

Continue to check both our blog and our Facebook page for updates....and if you ever have any great new ideas for sketch meet-ups let us know, we'd love to hear from you.

Happy Sketching
Ruth

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Next Sketching Date: Saturday January 27th - Memorial Union

We will meet this Saturday from 10 am to noon at the Memorial Union for sketching.  Meet just inside the main entrance (outside Peets Coffee).  We usually spread out a bit but if you come late just look around and you are sure to find a sketcher at work.

As always we draw what we are seeing around us with the art supplies of our choice.  Below is an old ink and watercolor sketch of mine of a student studying and a frozen Lake Mendota.
Lake Mendota from Memorial Union winter 2012

Sunday, January 21, 2018

A Few More Photos from the Chocolaterian on Jan. 14th

Front row left to right: Ben, Ruth, Mike, Mercedes
Back row left to right:  Joel, Gretchen, Louise, Pam

Sarah shooting her cocoa

Left to right: Carolyn, Tsela, Deborah, Linda

Deborah, Linda and Cindy

Waiting for my tune up at Smart Motors

Saturday, January 20, 2018

A small sketch to start the weekend. With the warmer weather maybe I'll venture outside to sketch.