Saturday, March 28, 2015

April Sketch Group at the Old Forest at Overton Park

Next sketch group
Saturday, April 4
Overton Park - Old Forest
10:00 AM
We'll meet at Veterans Plaza.

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

Sketch by Martha Kelly, who will lead us through the Old Forest!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bach in the Library

Mark plays for the Birthday Boy.

Mark and Amy play the Goldberg Variations. 

Mark and Amy play Siciliano.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March Sketch Group

On Saturday our sketch group met at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, which sits right on the Mississippi River. It was a perfect day for sketching - still snow on the ground, but the sun shining so bright it kept us warm long enough to sketch outside. The Museum is home to a working foundry and smithy, where they were having a class in blacksmithing, and we sketched in there, too.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Sketching at the National Ornamental Iron Museum

Four urban sketchers showed up at the National Ornamental Iron Museum on an unusual March day because snow was still on the ground. I sketched mostly outside looking at the Mississippi River, with a quick stop inside the foundry to warm up.

Waiting for the Museum to open
 At the furnace

Metal objects              Men grinding

Mississippi River bridge

Mississippi bridge and a cat

Bell and bench on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March Gathering of Memphis Urban Sketchers

The Memphis Urban Sketchers will meet at the National Ornamental Metal Museum Saturday, March 7, 2015.  We will meet at the entrance to the museum at 10:00 a.m.  Weather permitting, we will be able to draw outdoors.  Those who wish to draw inside the museum will need to pay the museum entrance fee of $5.00.  The museum overlooks the Mississippi River at 374 Metal Museum Drive.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cleveland Street Flea Market Sketches

This month we went to the Cleveland Street Flea Market to sketch. It was a really nice visit - they even provided snacks!

Sandy gave me a sample of flavored coffee. She told me about her collections of coffee and tea sets. Her dream is to open a coffee shop, and has been collecting coffee cups and tea sets for years. As they were taking over her house, a friend recommended that she get a booth at the Flea Market. 

Here I used the new mini-watercolor kit I'd just made. I love making lines with just watercolor.

We're all looking forward to our next visit!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Last Month at the Arcade Restaurant

I haven't gotten around to scanning my sketches from this month's sketch group, but I noticed I hadn't posted these yet. As Lindsay and Martha posted, we sketched at the Arcade Restaurant in January, and had a lovely time visiting. It was a big, lively group, and we passed around sketchbooks and geeked out about materials.

The Arcade Restaurant is "Memphis's Oldest Cafe." It's pretty great - they make a mean breakfast, and have good burgers, pizza, and Southern food, too. They took amazingly good care of us on our visit. I had made reservations for 12, and we ended up with about 16 people, and they accommodated us beautifully. The woman who waited on us did an amazing job, too.

We love sketching at historic locations, especially when we can also enjoy some delicious food!

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.