Several sketchers came and sketched at the library and then stopped in at the local coffee house. Afterwards I went to the UW Arboretum and did a few quick sketches and later colored them in with watersoluble crayons.
Draw Madison sketchers can take on a new (and totally optional) challenge and do one drawing assignment from this book monthly. The assignment will be announced on the first Sunday of the month and can be brought for "show and tell" on the sketching date for the first Sunday in the following month (if you can't come that Sunday just bring it when you can come.) This is completely voluntary and drawings will not be critiqued unless a sketcher requests it. We just thought it could be a good way to push our drawing skills and imagination a bit and have some fun.
This month the assignment is "Domestic Rituals" on page 109. The book costs around $15 or less on Amazon and the public library has some copies also. We will plan on sharing our efforts with the group at the January 5th meeting at the downtown Madison Public Library.
(Sketchers can bring as many drawings of this assignment as they like and the drawings can be any size and in any medium.)
Today I read that the Urban Sketchers blog just celebrated its 5th anniversary. That blog and group was the inspiration for Draw: Madison which is coming up on it's 2nd anniversary next month. Dana Petit founded the group in December 2011 and put up flyers about it. I first saw one in January 2012 and eventually found Dana sketching at the zoo that month. I encourage anyone interested in drawing to check out Urban Sketchers blog. Other art blogs I find interesting are: Lines and Colors, Making a Mark and Roz Wound Up (Roz Stendahl is in the Twin Cities and is passionate about drawing and often has detailed information about drawing materials new and old on her blog.) Happy sketching everyone!
I was recently in Durango, CO and did many sketches.
Here is one from the Animas River that flows through the town. Durango sits in a "bowl" surrounded on all sides by high mountains, and has a high desert climate.
Last week I visted friends outside Gordon, Wi. on Whitefish Lake and did a few pastel sketches that I hope to work up into paintings later in the studio. It was perfect weather and great to listen to the loons and Barred Owls calling at night.
It was a busy Sunday afternoon for boat rentals at Wingra. Just before the clouds turned grey and dark, I did a quick graphite sketch then followed with watercolors.
Wendy and I met for Draw Madison today...
This is a small (8x9) pastel I started as a plein air sketch one morning in June of last year and finally got around to finishing today. The new drainage pond the UW Arboretum installed last year is good place for painting tall trees and reflections. The paper is Pastelmat which I really like; it can hold alot of layers. I especially like the paper color "Maize" for summer landscapes and for the underpainting I used shades of hot pinks and purples which I thought worked out pretty well.
This is a small pastel study I painted at Holy Wisdom Monastery last month when their apple trees were in bloom.
This is a picture of a pastel I painted last week during the Beloit Plein Air Event for Friends of the Riverfront. It needed a few
corrections before I framed it but this was what I was able to paint in the riverfront park en plein air. I painted on Pastelmat which is a French paper made especially for pastels; it has a smooth surface that has a surprising amount of tooth and allows underpainting with water or solvents or alcohol. I often do an underpainting with hard pastels and then use alcohol to wash it in because it dries quickly.
It was a very well organized event with 40 participants; mostly regional artists but one came from as far as Ontario. Each participant can enter 2 paintings and they will be on display and for sale from 5 - 8 pm Friday June 14 and 9 - noon on Saturday June 15 at the Hendricks Center for the Arts, 409 Pleasant St. in Beloit.. The event also offered 2 workshops and I took the one in watercolor with Gordon France a Chicago artist and it was excellent. It was a pretty exhausting week but fun and certainly challenging artistically and physically. Looking forward now to sketching Sunday at the new Brittingham Boat Rental & Concession stand at Brittingham Park.
A good size group (9 of us I think) showed up for sketching at Olbrich Gardens on Sunday April 21st.
Left is Wendy's pastel which looks great and announces Spring is finally here!
Janet's sketch (right) : Love what she does with the Tuscan Red pencil.
"Here is my Olbrich Garden sketch of strange Botanica in the Green House."
Says Linda of her drawing:
"Attached is the sketch from yesterday. It was really a rush job; when I came inside, I only realized then how chilly I'd gotten. I wonder when warmer and sunnier weather will arrive.
Sketch is done with Prismacolor pens and watercolor in Moleskin notebook."
'This is my first sketch with Draw Madison. It
was most appropriate to sketch at Monona Terrace since I have been a fan of
Frank Lloyd Wright my entire adult life. It was
fun to follow the lines of the walls and windows and then soften the geometric
shapes with a large potted plant. I even started to daydream about something
called spring..' Louise 4/14/13
Linda says: "Monona Terrace: It is always a challenge sketching people on location, as they may or may not stay still for a few minutes. This pair (father and son?) were up and down and all around, so this is a quick sketch.
Prismacolor fine liner pen and Pitt artist brush pens, Moleskin notebook
The other two sketches present a contrast that I've been thinking about during these rain-filled months. The tree in rain and fog was done at the Arboretum, and is an experiment with Pitt artist brush pens; the tropical flowers, on a recent trip to Mexico, were done in Prismacolor fine liner pen and watercolor, both in a Moleskin notebook."