Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
December Sketch Group: South Main
There was a little bird hanging out with us.
500 Block of South Main
The National Civil Rights Museum
Lunch at the Arcade Restaurant
Saturday, December 4, 2010
great day for coffee and a sketch
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Next Sketch Group This Saturday
meet at Bluff City Coffee, 505 S. Main
- The St. Jude Marathon is that day, so I suggest taking Southern to Lamar to avoid getting caught in marathon traffic. See the marathon route here, and see a map with the suggested detour below - click on it to make it larger.
- We'll walk around South Main and sketch - bundle up! The second map below shows a few of the great sketchable landmarks. And anyone who is interested can stay for lunch at the Arcade.
- Bonus! The Christmas parade is at 5pm on South Main from Central Station to the Orpheum - if you are interested, meet back up at the same spot around 4:30 for more sketching!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Here's a contour line drawing of a headstone from Elmwood cemetery because I'm a contour line kind of gal. I chose this statue because of the name - Apperson - family name.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The Leatherman Vault at Elmwood Cemetery
Monday, November 8, 2010
I took my colored pencils and watercolors, but I ended up just wanting to use my pencil.
We went early for the great morning light.
A few of us went to lunch at 3 Angels Diner on Broad
Bonus! Matthew sketched Melissa and James in my sketchbook at lunch.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
November Sketch Group at Elmwood Cemetery
Mel showing her colorful fall trees
Chandler's walnut ink drawing
Matthew showed us some paintings he did at Shelby Farms
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Great weather today at Elmwood Cemetery--sunshine and cool weather. I used walnut ink over pencil to make this sketch of a family plot, focusing on the graves of three children. I'm on the fence about the funky way some of my perspective worked out on the double-plot, but really enjoyed working with a brush. I was really attracted to the little stone birds on the scroll, especially seeing how weathered they were. It wasn't until I was almost finished with the sketch that I realized that the barely legible inscription closest to the foreground was LP, my daughter's initials. That was a spooky momento mori moment. I spent about 45 minutes on this--I hope Urban Sketchers Memphis helps me pick up speed in my observational drawing.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
I admire people who carry their sketchbooks with them & sketch everywhere. I have also followed blogs like Trumpetvine, Danny Gregory, Wagonized & Andrea Joseph for years. I was so excited to hear Elizabeth was starting a Memphis Urban Sketchers group. This month (September) we went to the Memphis Farmers Market. I haven't drawn much from direct observation since I graduated from The University of Memphis (three years ago), so I was a little nervous. I started my first sketch, but I was being too technical & found it hard to scale down. I'm used to sketching an object but not the whole scene. It will probably take a little while to figure out which materials I like best. This is my second sketch & supplies:
I need to practice more & loosen up. I look forward to the next time. I enjoyed meeting new sketchers & seeing their results. Fun!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Memphis Farmer's Market
November Group Sketch
At Elmwood Cemetery - meet at the entrance
824 S. Dudley
From Lamar/Crump go south on Dudley, which ends at the entrance to Elmwood. If you're taking the interstate to get to Lamar, take 240 West and exit at Lamar.
If you have any questions please leave a comment here.
Welcome to Memphis Urban Sketchers!
Here are some sketches from October's group sketch at the National Ornamental Metal Museum. Left to right: Elizabeth, Juliet, Martha and Matthew.
Thanks to Memphis-based artist Elizabeth Alley for rounding up an enthusiastic group of local sketchers to launch the blog.
Looking forward to all the posts!