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)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Spring Visit to Elmwood Cemetery

Elmwood Cemetery is one of our favorite places to sketch, though it's hard to get the weather to cooperate no matter when we go. This outing was a little colder than expected for late April, which is when summer usually starts in Memphis.

Eight of us braved the chill and wind and tiny bit of drizzle to do some quiet, productive sketching.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Urban Sketchers Workshops Around the World

Planning a summer or autumn trip? Consider heading to one of these Urban Sketchers workshops!

Journey into Matter with Ink and Watercolor
June 24-28
Tuscany, Italy with Simo Capecchi & Caroline Peyron

July 8-11
Oxford, UK with Isabel Carmona, Miguel Herranz and Swasky

September 2-6
Galway, Ireland with Róisín Curé

October 8-11
Naples, Italy with Simo Capecchi, Caroline Peyron and Kelly Medford

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June Sketch Group at the Bass Pro Shop

Next sketch group
Saturday, June 5
Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid
10:00 AM
We'll meet at the entrance on the south side.
Please comment here or on our Facebook page if you plan to attend. 
Hope to see you there!