Monday, December 22, 2014


Linda's Sketch

5 of us met at the cafe, sketching and enjoying the treats.

Monday, December 8, 2014

State Capitol

by Louise
This 30 ft Balsam fir from Pelican Lake graces the first floor of our State Capitol Rotunda. The tree is decorated with handmade ornaments that honor our Wisconsin Veterans. 
Interior  sketches by Elsie

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Goodman Community Center

Sketch by Elsie.
The actual wood sculpture is located in the entrance to the Goodman Center.  It is by well-known local artist, Harry Whitehorse.  He is known for his wood and metal sculptures; as well as oil paintings. He will often use images related to his Hochunk Heritage.  He has done a number of projects in which he has carved with the remains of a significant size tree.  He would also involve local people and children in the process of defining the images for a sculpture, which he then interpreted into a finished piece.

By Louise
By Grethen

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you who joined the sketch meets.. for Draw Madison..

Sunday, November 23, 2014

FCC Phoenix - AZ
First Christian Church design by Frank Lloyd Wright
Completed in 1973.  The roof and spire rise seventy seven feet
and are supported by 23 slender pillars.  There is also a 120 ft
free standing bell tower.  Each side of it is unequal to the  others
and the tower appears to be a triangle from any vantage point.

Sketch by Louise, perfect weather at 75 degrees..

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sunday at Macha Teahouse - gallery of photos

Sketch Meet at Macha Teahouse

First two sketches by Elsie. The last sketch by Linda

Another New Sketching Book

Yet another new book on sketching; this one is by Katherine Tyrrell author of the excellent art blog "Making a Mark".  Katherine lives in London and features blog entries about a wide variety of subjects concerning art in the UK and around the world and the US in particular.  Her usual medium is colored pencil but on her blog there are links to the blogs & websites of artists who work in many mediums.  Again many of those artists are from the US.  Her blog has a wealth of info and instruction about drawing and painting and I would imagine her new book will be an excellent resource.  Katherine is also a member of Urban Sketchers London.  Her new book features the work of over 50 international artists. I think the publication of Katherine's book, like the new one by Urban Sketcher Marc Holmes, is a reflection of the urban sketching "movement" which seems to be growing every year which is very encouraging (and a lot of fun). 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sketch Meet, November 9, Ground Zero Cafe

Linda's Sketches

These are semi-blind contour sketches of patrons at the cafe.  It is interesting how semi-blinds are not accurate, but contain something of the character of the subjects.



Sunday, November 2, 2014

Door Co. Peak Colors

A page from my sketchbook from a couple weeks ago in Door Co.   The colors were absolutely spectacular this year!

Monday, October 27, 2014

FOR HALLOWEEN, Linda's Sketch, Acrylic and Ink Washes

Crows seem to be everywhere during these last days of October! 

Friday, October 3, 2014



This person got up and left a couple of minutes after I started the sketch!  It was a beautiful afternoon--nice that Sentry had places to sit outside

Sunday, September 21, 2014



Saturday, September 13, 2014

Drawing Tutorials

Above is a page from the sketchbook of John Muir Laws whose book on drawing birds I recently bought.  While he mainly draws from nature, he has several very good tutorials on his blog about drawing that would be helpful for sketching any subject.  will get you to his blog. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

By Dina - Burrows Park

Shoreline sketch at Burrows Park by Louise

Gretchen's sketch at Olbrich Gardens.

Art Show September 21st

This show features a couple artist friends, Jim Miller and Nan Zimdars.  Nan has joined Draw:Madison for sketching on occasion also.  Well worth a look!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Last week during my jury duty, I walked  to the State Capital and sketched this outdoor scene during my lunch break.  The light watercolor wash was added later...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

It was wonderful sketching today at Brittingham Boathouse...along with the canoers, kayakers, paddle boards, boaters and those just enjoying the sunny warm weather on the shoreline.  The staff were happy we choose to sketch there and invited us back.  There were seven of us sketching with Draw Madison: Betty, Dina, Deborah, Gretchen,  Vickie, Dan and Louise. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Stream Gallery at Edgewood College looking out at a nature preserve. Sketch by Louise

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sketch Meet--Grace Episcopal Church, July 20



Waiting for my dog to be groomed, I came across this flower pot--Linda



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Paoli - Sketch Meet July 13th

Lovely day in Paoli and great to meet Gerrardine and Dan.  The Exquisite Corpse show in the Cooler at Artisan Gallery was really outstanding.  Unfortunately Zazen Gallery was closed so could not see Jan Norstetter's new still life show but what we could see through the window looked beautiful.  After 3pm Gretchen and I went up Observatory Rd. and painted for a couple hours.  Very breezy and great clouds passing over.