Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sketch Date - Saturday July 1st - 10am to Noon - Period Garden Park

I scheduled an extra Saturday sketching date for Saturday July 1st for Period Garden Park at 110 E. Gorham St.  There are several nice benches but you may wish to bring your sketching stool for access to a little corner of the garden or some of the great old houses nearby.  If it is raining or seriously threatening to we will cancel and reschedule for a nicer day.  I plan on getting a bite to eat downtown after and if anyone wants to join me that would be great.    NOTE:  If it is raining or seriously threatening to rain we will postpone this location until July 22nd instead.  Check blog for updates.


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Memorial Union Terrace June 21st

Mercedes sketch of me with my pastels
It was a beautiful evening for sketching on the Terrace and 2 new sketchers joined Mercedes and I.  Welcome Lindsey and JP!!  It really is one of the best places in  Madison to sketch on a nice summer evening.

Sketches for the evening

Later I went over a bit west of the Union Theatre to paint the sunset over Picnic Point.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Just Added: Extra Sketching Date: Evening Sketching at UW Memorial Union, June 21st, 5 to 8:30pm

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Evening on the UW Memorial Union Terrace



So far the forecast for Wednesday evening is great so I decided to add an impromptu sketch date at the Memorial Union Terrace from 5 pm to sunset.  I plan to arrive early and set up my easel for sketching pastels.  If anyone is looking for me I will have my cell phone 920 421-2623.  I am going extend an invitation to the Dane County Plein Air Painters group, too and some of us are members of both groups.

If the forecast should  change drastically and it is raining or likely to I may not go at all as I was really hoping for an opportunity to sketch the there with a nice sunset as the backdrop.  But this is the Midwest so weather is very changeable as we know!

Open Mic starts at 8pm and there are some FREE art events happening also.   https://union.wisc.edu/events-and-activities/special-events/terrace-art-zone/

Hope to see you there!


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Follow up from Urban Sketchers outing to the West Madison Milwaukee Road Depot outing.

It was fascinating to see how everyone found their own subject and viewpoint at the depot.  My eye was drawn to the mechanism of the rail car 'truck' (or bogie) that rail cars ride on, while Epiphany(?) sitting near me sketched a wooden wheeled cart that, sitting closer to me than the bogie, I never even saw until I looked at her finished sketch !  (the tricks of perception!)

I made my sketch in pencil but later wondered what it would look like with a water color wash - essentially silver/gray or B&W image.  So here are both.  The pencil sketch looks more like a technical drawing or blueprint while the 'colored' version is more of a life image illustration.  I still can't decide which I like better ;-)





Friday, June 16, 2017

Memorial Union

 Small sketch I did this morning at the Memorial Union. I painted it at home.


Monday, June 12, 2017

The  plaque on the outside of the Madison Train Depot  reads:
Milwaukee Road Depot    1903
This sketch done Saturday evening - shows one of the high arched doorways of the Neoclassical Revival styled building...

USK Madison Afternoon at the Depot

The old Madison Train Depot Building was the perfect place for our USK sketch group on a warm and breezy Sunday. Shade under the roof, cross breeze, old train cars and Porters Coffee Shop...what more could we ask for?

Chris and Salvor escape the heat, good idea to bring folding chairs too...


James and Epiphany draw the train car...Epiphany enjoys some juice from Porters Cafe


We had a great showing of 14 people, four of them for the first time. Welcome to new friends Lili and her son Sizhe, Epiphany and Liz, we hope you join us again. Returning once again were USK sketchers; Jean, Tsumugi, Michael, Deb, Reba, Chris, James, Salvor, Gretchen, and Ruth.

USK Madison Sunday afternoon in June at the Depot


The depot, located on West Washington in the heart of Madison,  gives you plenty of room to spread out yet still sketch together. Along with the trains there were plenty of bikes to practice drawing as Motorless Motion Bike Shop is located in the same space.

Several of us remarked how we had never been there and we all vowed to go back another time.

Happy summer sketching and stay creative.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sketching Sunday June 11th - Madison Train Depot Building

We will meet for sketching from 1 to 3pm at the old depot at 640 W. Washington Ave.  There is a parking lot off W. Washington right next to the building.  Also an excellent coffee shop, Porter.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Cows on the Concourse

Five sketchers (none from Wisconsin) gathered together by the Capitol to see what all the fuss is about Cows on the Concourse. What a great time we had and the grey skies of the morning turned into sun. Plus we learned a lot of good cow facts from the Moo Experts on duty.



Tsumugi, Kenia, and Mercedes staking our claim on the sidewalk.


Tsumugi brought her friend Kenia (we hope you come back again!) and Sorval, Mercedes and Ruth were also in attendance. We certainly caught people's eyes with our setup near the cow tent and even interested the photographer from the WI State Journal (note the big camera to the left of Tsumugi in the photo).

Ruth draws an Ayrshire calf

Tsumugi does a pencil drawing of the calf with two children


I think we all commented how good it felt to forget the obligations and stress from the week and just get together and draw. Look forward to seeing people next Sunday at the train station and stay creative.