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

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Frozen Assets Festival - Saurday Feb. 8th

This looks like an interesting event for some outdoor sketching.  So far the weather forecast is decent: 28 F and 5 mph winds but of course the cold and wind is always more near Lake Mendota.  If anyone is interested in doing some sketching in the afternoon feel free to contact me and we can decide where to meet. The link to the event site is:  I will have my cell phone 920-421-2623 (which I rarely use) with me if anyone wants to check where I (or WE) are during the afternoon.  I'd like to check out the Edgewater and here is the Isthmus event link about those activities:  

Also take note we have our regular sketching date this Sunday Feb. 9th @ Firefly Coffeehouse & Artisan Cheese, 114 N Main St, Oregon from 1-3pm. 

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sketching at Sequoya Part 2

That was a mighty brisk walk I took to Sequoya Library a week ago for our January meetup. Not sure how many of us were sprinkled through the library, maybe 13?

It certainly took care of any chills we might have had, the sun was out in force and the library was toasty. We welcomed a couple new sketchers that day too.

Always nice to spend a peaceful afternoon with like minded people.

Photos are a partial showing - some had to slip out early. February meetup is a field trip out to Oregon and the Firefly Cafe, it's on the events calendar. I'll be putting a few more on in the next few weeks.

Stay creative,

PS: bonus sketch I did last Friday when I took myself out to lunch at The Short Stack on State Street. Awesome place to sketch, but don't go there at the busy times, that place gets packed.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Sketching at Sequoia

  It was quite toasty last Sunday with the sun streaming in the corner of the library.  The only downside is no talking but then we probably got more sketching done.  I'm sorry I did not get to talk to some of the sketchers I haven't met yet. Thanks to everyone for showing up and hope to see you in February.

  Many thanks to Ruth for all her hard work and willingness to take on one more year.  I'm sure someone will step forward to take on 2021. I thought maybe it was time for our blog to have a bit of a new look.  Hope it looks ok?

Deborah sketching in a sunny spot at the library

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Sequoya Library this Sunday

Get your mittens, hat, boots and sketchbook ready.

This Sunday, January 19 is our monthly get together at Sequoya Library on the west side of Madison. Located in that same plaza is EVP coffee, so although we will meet in the library some may want to sketch at the coffee shop.

And you no doubt are aware some snow is forecast on Saturday. I'm thinking positively for Sunday and I know I will be going as I live within walking distance of the of the perks of choosing the places we sketch and placing them on the calendar.

And speaking of that, this will be my third and last year of choosing the locations and letting you all know where they are. I'll be completing the dates for the group through December 2020.

So if you enjoy sketching with like minded people each month you might consider doing this not overwhelming task. Please let me know if you are interested at one of the meetups.

It would be a shame to let the group fade away.

See you Sunday!

....a sketch I made on some old book paper looking at Lake Waubesa in the afternoon on Christmas Eve 2019