Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sketchcrawl 27 in Kenosha

We had a wonderful time sketching Kenosha today! Our group started out four strong at Carolyn's Coffee Connection at 10 am.

Our first stop was Ed's Tires on 60th Street to see the parrots! They have a lot of parrots hanging out in their showroom area, and they have a koi pond too. We were all very excited to start our sketching, but we had to get used to our living models. The birds started out as curious about us as we were about then, they enjoyed a few pieces of candy, preened each other a bit, and then settled in for a nap.

About half way into the sketching, our group picked up a late arrival sketcher, and as we were leaving a 6th sketcher joined our group.

Our second stop was Library Square and the Simmons Library. There are a couple of statues in the park, and the library itself has some wonderful features, but I ended up drawing a lamp post...oh well.

We stopped at The Nook for a bit of lunch before our next stop...the Rhodes Theater. The last of the vendors from the Harbor Market were loading up their cars to leave, and a bunch of little girls in princess costumes began arriving with their entourages for the two o'clock Cinderella performance. It was a sight to behold.

I started out on one of the Rhodes' ornate chandeliers, but it proved too ornate for my waning concentration. Details abound at the restored theater, though, so I focused on a single tile on the wall. Didn't really finish it, but my scanner added some dramatic shadows for your enjoyment. Upstaged by my own scanner...what's the world coming to!?!?

We made one more stop over at the Simmons Lighthouse Keeper's house. Today was the grand opening of the newly restored museum. Didn't end up doing any sketching there..ran out of gas. So, I walked the displays with the remnants of our dwindling group and then said my goodbyes.

It was a very fun day with a talented group of artists. Each of us fielded questions about our group, so we spread the word about Sketchcrawl too...maybe more folks will join us next time.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Red, White, Black and crinkly all over Page 8

Could be an illustration to accompany an article warning against drunk tweeting.

Could be I needed to wind down after my Day. You know, one of those Days.

Could be I was trying to do a fun experiment in refraction that went terribly awry.

Could be I just read the first line of a Wine Spectator article about one of the founders of Twitter, Biz, is getting into wine.

Could be a couple of these things.

Could be I need a nap. Yep, that's it.

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