Monday, August 29, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

There's Something about a Pencil

At our regular Monday sketch group, in my quest to loosen up, I started out trying to use only my brush with no pencil marks to guide me. I dove right in painting one of my fellow sketchers. But when all was said and done I couldn't resist adding pencil at the end. It just needed that definition to punch it up a little. I left the other sketch as it was.

We were working at the Nature Boardwalk at the Lincoln Park Zoo. There were lots of tourists and kids enjoying the last days of freedom before school starts. I hope, when they stopped, chatted and commented, we inspired them to give sketching a try!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Not Everyone is a Winner!

Yesterday our Monday sketch group met at Belmont Harbor. Once again we lucked out and the weather cooperated! It didn't start to rain until we were packed up and on our way home. We really have been lucky (so far) this summer. It's either rained in the morning and cleared up in time for our meeting or the rain held off until we were finished.

The luck didn't extend to this sketch but I enjoyed doing it anyway.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Lazy Summer Sunday

This is just a little doodle from a lazy summer day. With all the rain and hot sun our deck garden is quite the oasis in the city. It's a little hard on the flowers but the herbs are going wild. The basil is like a shrub. Yesterday I cut it back and made a ton of pesto. Today it looks as if I never cut it at all!