Wednesday, August 26, 2015

September Sketch Group at Memphis Farmers Market

Next sketch group
Saturday, September 12
Memphis Farmers Market downtown
10:00 AM
We'll meet where the two covered walkways intersect. Consider sticking around for lunch at The Arcade!

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

Friday, August 7, 2015

Peter Bowman

Local artist Peter Bowman, who had attended several gatherings of Memphis Urban Sketchers, passed away last Friday. 

Peter's sketches always amazed me - his mark-making was bold and purposeful, and his sketches always seemed like fully-formed paintings. For that reason I always show examples of his sketches when I teach sketching classes.

Peter was a teacher himself for many years. My first encounter with him was when I was still in college at University of Memphis, and in a professional practices class Bob Lewis, in his wisdom, sent me to talk to Peter about what it means to live as an artist. Peter gave me some advice that I think helped shape my own living as an artist: be the kind of artist that works with your temperament. For him, at that time, it meant teaching during the day, spending time with his family, and painting later in the evenings. I knew that my temperament would require me to work full time, and hearing his advice made it okay for me to do that and still be an artist.

Here are some sketches that Peter made with us over the years. We will miss him!

Peter's supplies: old markers and highlighters in a ziploc bag.

Peter's work at our exhibit at ANF Architects.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Peabody

The group met at the Peabody on Saturday. I didn't think to take photos of the gathered drawings, but here's the one I did from the mezzanine. It was fun to see everyone, and we had several new folks, which is great. I also enjoyed hearing Elizabeth's account of the Urban Sketching Symposium in Singapore. We're hoping some of us can make it next year to Manchester, England.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sketching at the Brooks

Seven sketchers showed up at the Brooks Museum of Art last Saturday. Mike and Judith were new to our group. Typically, I forgot my camera so I didn't record our gathering. Here are my sketches in pencil.

Brooks Museum

Waiting outside the Brooks

Guarding the gallery

Sculpture by Jacques Lipchiz

Some small sculptures by regional artists

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sketching at the Dixon in preparation for an Open Studio in the Garden drawing session scheduled for Friday, July 17

Young artists in the Cutting Garden  (Noodlers pen and ink and ink brush)
I have always enjoyed making line drawings with pen and ink. But it can take some time to add textures and shading.

Cutting Garden fountain ( ink wash)

Another technique is to make shapes with a brush.  This can be quicker but involves more equipment.

Europa  and the Bull (ink wash)

It's a painterly approach.

Hydrangea ( Lamy ink and water-brush)
I have found a hybrid technique, useful for quick sketches, that uses both lines and shapes.
Fountain detail ( blue Lamy ink and water-brush)
It involves very little equipment: a pen with water soluble ink, a water-brush and some sturdy paper.

Fountain detail   ( brown and blue Lamy ink and water-brush)
If you use a warm and a cool color ink, you have more possibilities and still need only minimal equipment.

Fountain detail ( brown and blue Tombow brush pens and water-brush)

Fountain detail (blue and brown Stabilo  Fineliner pens and water-brush )

Food truck at The Dixon  (brown and blue Lamy ink and water-brush)
I often use this technique for quick sketches.

View from the Conservatory ( several colors of  Stabilo Fineliner pens and water-brush)
Stabilo Fineliner pens come in an assortment of colors and are water soluble. 

The Cutting Garden at The Dixon   ( several colors of  Stabilo Fineliner pens and water-brush)
Meet me at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens with one, two or several Stabilo Fineliner pens and a water-brush  at 4 p.m. Friday, July 17, 2015, and try out this drawing technique.
Fountain in the Cutting Garden   ( several colors of  Stabilo Fineliner pens and water-brush)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

More Sketching of Jun Kaneko ceramic sculptures at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens

Jun  Kaneko ceramic sculpture at the entrance of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens
The other side of the ceramic sculpture at the entrance

Ceramic sculpture by Jun Kaneko

Another view of the cutting garden

My favorite raccoon dog ceramic sculpture in the Woodland Garden

Several Jun Kansko sculptures on the south lawn

Part of a ceramic sculpture and part of the Hughes Pavilion

Looking up the south lawn at the east gallery

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sketches of the Jun Kaneko Sculptures at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens

A wonderful collection of large ceramic sculptures by Jun Kaneko is on exhibit at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens this summer and fall. 

Large Ceramic Head in the Cutting Garden
During July, The Gardens will be offering open studios each Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. These outdoor drawing workshops will be open to participants age 16 and older.  The first three workshops will be led by Urban Sketchers:  Elizabeth Alley (July 3), Megan Vacari (July 10), and Tom Pellett (July 17).
Tonal Sketch of Pot and Fountain
Also in July at The Dixon, Urban Sketcher and printmaker Martha Kelly will lead a block printmaking workshop for beginners on Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Hughes Pavilion.
Two Ceramic Heads on the Way to the Hughes Pavilion

Ceramic Raccoon Dog Sculpture in the Woodland Garden

Ceramic Raccoon Dog Sculpture in the Woodland Garden

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Tennessee Brewery Sketches

The Tennessee Brewery is an incredible place, and probably perfect for sketching, but the truth is it's overwhelming. So I sketched the food truck.

I made these brown lines with watercolor over Platinum Carbon (waterproof) ink - there are beams all over the place.

In late April and early May we planned to sketch at a different place every Saturday to take advantage of the good weather. Hopefully we'll do that again in late September and in October!

Monday, June 15, 2015

More Bass Pro Shop Sketches

Re-Branding the Pyramid 

View from the the top looking north

Looking south 

Site-seers looking at downtown Memphis 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sketching at the Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid

This month we went to the new Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid. Look at this place! It's quite an experience.

This view from up top makes it all worth it!

These sketchers had the right idea with an inside view of the river, comfortable seating, and Bloody Marys.

The sixteen of us who attended ended up with some interesting sketches that could only come from this place.
(click image for more detail)