Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sketching Brunch

 It was absurdly cold on Saturday morning, so the Memphis Urban Sketchers met indoors at the Arcade. Usually we scatter to paint, so it was fun to sit in a group, look at each others' sketch books, and (because I have to when I go there) eat sweet potato pancakes.

Saturday, January 10, 2015


Here are my sketches from this morning.  It's been a while since I have sketched and it felt great to get back into it.  My first sketch was my favorite; it seems like that happens a lot.  It was nice to be able to sketch indoors on this cold day and enjoy the company of other artists.  Thanks to the Arcade for a great experience.

Monday, January 5, 2015

January Sketch Group at the Arcade Restaurant

Next sketch group
Saturday, January 10
Arcade Restaurant, 540 South Main Street
10:00 AM
This Saturday will be a cold one, so let's sketch brunch at The Arcade! Bring your favorite 2014 sketchbook to share.

Please comment here or on our Facebook page if you plan to attend so we can get a count of people who are attending.

(sketch by Lindsay Overbey)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Call for Submissions for the International Symposium

Hey Memphis Sketchers! Do we have any local people interested in proposing a workshop, lecture, or demonstration for the 6th International Urban Sketchers Symposium in Singapore? The dates are July 22-25, 2015, and compensation is offered to those selected. Take a look at the call for programming here - the deadline to submit is December 22!

There's more information about the event here, and you can join the mailing list to receive updated information.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Visit to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens

On Saturday, December 6, we met at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens for a morning of sketching. We love going to the Dixon - they are so friendly, there is plenty to sketch in the galleries, and when the weather is nice the gardens are perfect for sketching. It was chilly and windy on Saturday, so we stayed inside and sketched the Rodin exhibit. I forgot to take pictures when we shared our sketchbooks at the end, so here are my scans.

The lobby, decorated for Christmas with a beautiful Greely Myatt piece hanging above the desk. (Click image for more detail.)

This is Rodin by his student Paul Paulin. I love that we have to use pencil in the galleries - I forget how much I enjoy it.

In which I make Balzac look a bit like a sullen teenager.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December Sketch Group at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Next sketch group
Saturday, December 6
Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Avenue 
10:00 AM (Admission to the museum is free until noon.)
Let's meet just inside the gallery entrance. There's a lot going on in the galleries - the Rodin exhibit, Carl Moore's and Joyce Gingold's exhibit, etc. If it's a nice day we can sketch outside in the gardens, too.

Please note: Saturday mornings are very busy! The Dixon's policy for sketching in galleries is pencil only. Let's be good guests!

Also, if you're coming from Midtown or Downtown, think about your route out of there - it's St. Jude Marathon day.

Please comment here or on our Facebook page if you plan to attend. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Some India Fest Sketches

Last Saturday we went to the India Fest at the Agricenter and had a lovely time sketching and eating and meeting people. Here are a few sketches from the day:

My quick sketch of the Germantown Middle School marching band/ drum line.

One of Tom Pellett's many pages of sketches of people.

Nancy Mardis's sketch, pre-color.

Another of my sketches of food and people.

I think this is Carl Fox's sketch of a little bit of everything. I'm usually better at remember who did what sketch, but we had so many people sketching with us that day and coming and going from our group table.

Nancy's sketch, post-color.

The gentleman in Tom's sketch, lower left.

Jenny Miller took this picture of me sketching a little boy. He kept hanging around our table, looking at our sketches, and several of us ended up sketching him.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

November Sketch Group at India Fest!

Next sketch group
Saturday, November 1
India Fest 2014
The Agricenter
7777 Walnut Grove Road
10:00 AM

The doors open at 10:00 AM - feel free to get there at that time if you like. We'll claim a table in the large hall where the food is, as a place to touch base, or a place to plant yourself if you aren't ready to get in the mix yet.

Be aware there is an entry fee of $5. Bring cash for food, too - so much good food!!!

Please comment here or on our Facebook page if you plan to attend. 

Hoping to see some new faces there this week! See you Saturday!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sketches from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music

In February the Memphis Urban Sketchers met at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. What an amazing experience! It is a great museum, and I highly recommend a trip through it whether you are sketching or not. (But why not sketch, right?)

The museum has artifacts from every Stax artist, including clothes, accessories and musical instruments.

The recording studio and engineer booth was rebuilt to how it looked in the early days of Stax Records.

Everything belonging to Isaac Hayes was probably the most interesting to sketch!

This was the highlight of the day. We asked if they could stop Isaac Hayes's gold Cadillac from spinning on its turntable long enough for us to sketch it. And they did! What a treat!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Scottish Rites Building

Urban Sketcher Mary K. VanGieson is one of the artists whose work is currently
on display at Scottish Rite Temple, in a great show curated by Jason Miller.  Go to    for details.  Jason  Miller and I will
both be participating in a one night show featuring the work of 50 local artists this
Friday evening (Oct. 24, 2014) from 6 pm to 11 pm:  The Cigar Box Show,curated by
Fletcher Golden.  (GLITCH Gallery, 2180 Cowden Ave., tel 901-734-6136)