Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Here's a watercolor sketch I did today while sitting by the Sugar River in Paoli next to Artisan Art Gallery.  I went there to see Jonathan Wilde's new show of beautiful oil paintings.  Jon paints gorgeous landscapes and some bird paintings; some are portraits of the bird and in others the birds are  part of the landscape.  I was lucky enough to have taken a class Jon taught through the UW Extension on plein air painting and it was so much fun I have been painting outdoors ever since.  I encourage everyone to get to Paoli and have a look as his paintings. It's my favorite local gallery and many excellent artists have work there and they have a really good restaurant Wed thu Sundays for lunch. It's a beautiful area and you can sketch on either side of the river. Maybe some Sunday Draw: Madison will visit there to do some sketching.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Yahara Place Park
Here are my favorite drawings from the SketchCrawl. The first is of a cottonwood tree in the Yahara Place Park on Lake Monona. The second drawing is of Monte's Diner -- I just happened to have the perfect selection of colors along to capture the look of Monte's. I love their funky, 1950s styling.

I posted a link to our blog on the SketchCrawl forum. SketchCrawl's blog is a bit difficult to navigate, but I recommend visiting their forum to see what other sketching group's were drawing all around the world.
Monte's Blue Plate Diner 

SketchCrawl 35 - Larry's Drawings

 Cafe Zoma
WW SketchCrawl 35 was great fun for Draw: Madison. The weather was sunny and crisp, the sites were intriguing and the company sparkling.  Here are Larry's drawings, one from each site.
Lake Monona 

Jamerica! Restaurant

the Barrymore Theater 

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Had a great time doing the Worldwide Sketchcrawl today!  Thanks to all for showing up and to Dana for mapping out a great route with lots of choices for sketching.  It was esp nice by the lake.  I'll post my sketches of the Barrymore and Willy St. Coop. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Here are a few of Larry's drawings from the last few weeks. I've ordered them chronologically starting with the Chazen Museum, then Union South, then the Zoo, and finally the Arboretum.

In my landscape architecture program, I had a drawing professor who encouraged her students to develop a "confident wiggle" in our drawing style.  I think Larry definitely has it, and I like how it makes everything look loose yet fairly controlled at the same time. He's a landscape architect too, so maybe that's why.

Thanks for sharing Larry!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Here is our schedule for the SketchCrawl on Saturday. 

Feel free to print it off and post it around town if you have time -- it would be great to let more people know about the event. There are lots of interesting buildings and urban character along Willy Street, so I'm sure we won't lack things to draw. 

Feel free to come along for the entire day, or just for a portion.  The purpose of the schedule is to let people know where we'll be and when, so that it's easy to participate in some or all of the Crawl as you schedule allows. 

Sketching at the Arb on Sunday was great! Larry sent me some of his sketches -- I'll get them up asap!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I had a great time with Dana, Greg, Larry and Gretchen sketching on the boardwalk in the marsh. This is a soupy watercolor of Curtis Prairie that I did while Gretchen sketched Prairie Smoke (wildflower). Seeing Sandhill Cranes in the marsh was a real treat. Hope to see more sketchers at the Worldwide Sketchcrawl next Saturday on Willy St. It will be nice to stop and look at Willy St. instead of just driving by. See you then.