Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Déjà Vu! On the Road Again

We spent Thanksgiving in San Francisco and celebrated our twin grandsons' first birthdays. Not a lot of time to sketch but here are some quickies I managed to do.


Airports and airplanes are great for people watching and therefore always fodder for my sketchbook! The note in the corner is from Frances Belleville's new book 
Sketch!: The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life - a good read.




There's nothing quite like walking along the Pacific coast – breathtaking both literally and figuratively!

I decided to number the pages in this travel sketchbook. I'm keeping  an index on the first page and will fill it in as I go along. HA! just noticed I didn't number these last two pages. That's next on today's "to do" list.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

On the Road Again


Freedom Tower sketched from the New Jersey ferry dock.

The Statue of Liberty on a damp and rainy day.


These sketches were done on a quick road trip to New York and New Jersey with my daughter and two granddaughters. The main point of the trip was for my niece's baby shower but we squeezed in a little sightseeing too. 

We drove straight through from Chicago to New Jersey but on the way home we divided the trip in half.  I think the girls watched three movies, played countless games and listened to Taylor Swift so many times that "Welcome to New York" is still running through my head! It was chaotic, crazy and great fun! 


Friday, November 7, 2014

On the Road with Good Intentions





Our yearly trip to Sarasota and Longboat Key, Florida, for business and a visit with family always inspires me to say, "Yay! I'm going get a lot of sketching done!" You would think after fifteen (or is it twenty?) years I'd learn! So here are my usual airport sketches and only one "Florida" sketch. It was still a good time!

The following weekend I hopped in the car for a road trip to New York and New Jersey. I'll post those meager sketches soon.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

To Costco, To Costco…

© Barbara Weeks

Most people go to Costco to shop. I go to snack my way around the place and then sketch while my husband shops. I also count my blessings!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Playing with Line

Nutmeg © Barbara Weeks
This is a sketch of our much-missed cat, Nutmeg. You may remember it from an older post but it's one of my favorite line drawings. I used it in my Tuesday Tips & Tricks post over at the Urban Sketchers-Chicago blog. Check it out and I hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Out of This World

Angel, Martin Zürn 1640, LUMA

In never ceases to amaze  me how much Chicago has to offer- from theater to music to food to sports to art and on and on. This is a sketch done at LUMA (Loyola University Museum of Art) in the D'Arcy permanent collection – a beautiful Baroque, German, wooden angel. I added color at home.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Down by the Riverside, Urban Style

DuSable Bridge-Michigan Ave.
This is a quick sketch I did last Saturday while waiting for the water taxi. I was headed to Chinatown to meet up with Urban Sketchers-Chicago. I love the mad rush to get as much done as you can and not knowing when you'll run out of time. There's no  time for fussiness,  just see, scribble, and paint, see, scribble, and paint some more! This was about ten minutes and I did punch up the color a bit when I got home.

It's also the very last page in my pocket-sized Moleskine that I've been carrying around with me for awhile. Another feeling I love - cracking open a brand new sketchbook!