Thursday, March 26, 2015
Often when I'm the docent on duty at LUMA I stop in at Starbucks in between tours. It's always a great place to sketch. If you've read this Tuesday's Tips and Tricks over at Urban Sketchers-Chicago you'll quickly see why. You can sit with your back to the wall. You can choose quick sketching with the ever changing customers. If your in the mood for a slow sketch there are plenty of models to choose from. Everyone is absorbed in their own thoughts or work so they don't notice you. AND you have a table to work on (that's a luxury for urban sketching).
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
In my recent Tuesday Tips and Tricks over on the Urban Sketchers-Chicago blog I discuss designing sketchbook/journal pages using a grid. With so many years in print magazine design working to the grid is second nature to me. I don't think I fully realized how ingrained it is until I remembered this pastel pencil drawing I did some years ago. Everything old is new again.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
|The Field Museum- Chicago|
Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted! So much for that resolution! My plan is to post more than last year so I better pick up the pace!
Today, Urban Sketchers-Chicago met at the Field Museum. I went to the South Pacific to sketch. Maybe I was searching for the sun but I discovered breath taking masks, costumes and musical instruments. The museum was crowded (free to Illinois residents in February and a Saturday) but people were so considerate! If they realized I was working they would make a real effort to say out of my field of vision. I really don't mind people going about their own way while I'm sketching that's part of being an urban sketcher, but thank you!
In this sketch I had fun playing with the textures. I applied the watercolor to the large face mask when I got home.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
|A visual memory of Barcelona|
It's Tuesday Tips and Tricks at Urban Sketchers - Chicago! Check out the fun games and exercises to improve your observational and memory skills. Powerful observation and a strong visual memory are a definite plus for any sketcher.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
|Sea Grass – Sarasota|
|Sea Oats – Sarasota|
|Amelia Island, GA|
I began this challenge with some bitter cold looking landscapes that put me in mind of Percy Bysshe Shelley's
"O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?"
Today it's so cold in Chicago I'm looking past spring and thinking of summer!
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
|Possibilities – Morgan|
|Off the Cuff – Pope Francis|
Day 4 of the art posting challenge, which is to post 3 pieces of work each day for 5 days and to nominate another artist each day to do the same! Today, I nominate Kelly Brown to join in the fun.
Looking through older work clearly shows how different projects require different things. Today I post three portraits, one done for love, one done as an editorial illustration, and another done as a sketch for a greeting card design. Vive la difference!
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
We've had our share of trips to emergency rooms and hospitals. I find drawing to have a calming influence on me.