Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Drink & Draw: Monday Oct. 29th

Four sketchers turned out for our first Drink & Draw of 2018.  The Old Fashioned turned out to be super crowded so we relocated to the Brocach Irish Pub.  We left word with the hostess and waited for awhile in case any one turned up a little late but so far as we could see it was just us 4.

It was a bit noisy at Brocach as it was trivia night but we had a big table and got some sketching done and catching up on art news, etc.  Tsela recently was juried into the Madison Art Guild which sounded very interesting and she has several pieces on display at Creative Energy Designs, 125 S. Dickinson.  Gretchen had seen them and was very impressed!

Hope to see some more of us at the next D & D which should be quieter and less crowded.  If anyone has ideas and suggestions for good D & D sketching sites please let me know.  I will be doing posts for any upcoming sketching events so if you want an email reminder just submit your email on the right where it says:  Follow By Email and you will get an email of every new post.  You can also always find the upcoming schedule on this blog under Events and on our Facebook page.  The schedule so far is: 

                                             Sat. Nov. 10th @ Manna Cafe  10am-noon                     
                                            Thurs. Nov.  15th @ Lakeside Coffee House  7-9pm
                                            Thurs. Dec. 6th @ Vintage Brewing Co. 7-9pm         

                                             Sunday Dec. 9th @ Java Cat Coffee  1-3pm

My Inktober sketch done at Brocach but I only drank a half pint of beer and no shots!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

UW Arboretum....Brrrrrrrrr

If we need a reminder that summer days are definitely in the past you should have been with us 5 brave sketchers Saturday morning at UW Arboretum. A chilling experience. This is why you will see only indoor meetups for the future months until summer makes a 2019 appearance.

Kellen gets inspired

I had forgotten that the Visitor Center opens at 12:30 on the weekends so inside was not an option. Undaunted we forged ahead. Of course Gretchen saw no problem with the weather and heading off to a pine grove to sketch. Louisa was looking for turkeys and our remaining 3 (Toni, Kellen and myself) stayed close to the area that surrounds the Visitor Center.

Toni tries to draw a straight line with a frozen hand

We all enjoyed our sketching, such interesting colors in autumn this time of the year. An hour and a half into it we suddenly realized - We're Coooold!!! Pictures were taken haphazardly and I apologize especially to Gretchen...she was coming from her sketching area as the rain drops were falling harder and Kellen and I needed to head off to our respective homes to warm our toes.

Louisa and Toni try to hold their cold hands steady for the camera

Kellen is proud she has used her new colored pens

Next time? A cafe, I promise.

And that's me, heading home for tea...

I practice a bike, Kellen draws....and there is a cool hydrangia bush

Join us on the east side at Manna Cafe & Bakery on November 10. This will be a Saturday morning 10-12 meetup, Manna is not open Sunday pm.

And in the meantime of course,
Stay Creative


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Upcoming Sketching Events

The next few dates for urban sketching can be found on the Events page here and on Facebook.  I am also going to do at least a monthly blog post so anyone who follows USK Madison on email will get an email with the post.  (If you want to do that just submit your email over in the right hand column where it says Follow by Email)

October 27th  @ UW Arboretum  10am to noon

October 29th  @ The Old Fashioned, Madison  7pm  to 9pm

November 10th @ Manna Cafe & Bakery, Madison, 10am to noon

Anyone 18 or older with an interest in sketching is welcome to join us.  For more information click on any of the headings in the right hand column.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Drink & Draw Monday October 29th 7-9pm @ The Old Fashioned

We will have our first Drink & Draw of the year Oct. 29th at the Old Fashioned located on Capitol Square.  It is a popular place but there is no baseball that night and neither the Packers or Badgers are playing so I was hoping it would not be too crowded.  Good food and over 50 beers on tap.  If you are coming it would be good if you could get there by 7pm so we know how big a table we need.  I plan to get there by 6:45pm.  

If anyone has ideas for locations for more Drink & Draw sketch dates please let me or Ruth know.  When the weather gets worse it would be good to have a place that has its own parking lot but hopefully it will not be snowing on the 29th! 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Fall Sketching

Greetings Fellow Sketchers!

It's been quite the weather in Madison for the past few months and I applaud any of you that made our sketch dates and kept up with your practice.

I've just returned from my own drawing expedition back east and had a great time sketching new places.

Just posted a couple meet-ups on our events calendar as we move to the cold weather coffee shop model. Our next meetup is at the Arboretum and I'm hoping to see you there.

Please remember to check times and days for sketch meetups as we go forward. I have decided to schedule only one per month and it could be Saturday or Sunday. Remember that you can come up with your own ideas and post them, especially easy on Facebook, we'd love to have your ideas.

In the meantime, stay creative


Friday, October 5, 2018

Just a reminder that it is Inktober month again and here are this year's promts from the Inktober site.  An extra challenge could be how to do an urban sketch featuring the day's prompt.   Read all about it at:     https://inktober.com/