Category Archives: urban sketch

Optimism

Decided to DIY another veggie – here’s a zucchini plant and the new spade/pitchfork I bought to help clear out the weeds so it could be planted. I know, it’s not as early in the season as it could be, but – I tend towards optimism!

This zucchini is now safely nestled in the ground.

This zucchini is now safely nestled in the ground.

And long-legged bright beauties like these day lilies keep me optimistic!

Daylilies

Daylilies

Flashback – Oct, 2014 in Ithaca with KW Sketchers

 

 

I could barely contain my excitement – this was my first ever sketch crawl , but certainly won’t be my last! I was invited on FB, and knew it was a must.
Before arriving, I was definitely, well, can you say “intimidated”? But after a few sketches and a warm lunch, (Too bad the weather wouldn’t cooperate) I felt right at home! A very nice experience for me, totally loved watching and learning how others manage outdoors. Anyway, I’m only posting these now, as they needed a little touching up at home. Once the holidays hit, these fell by the wayside.  

Triphammer Falls, Ithaca NY

Triphammer Falls, Ithaca NY

Triphammer Falls, Ithaca NY

Triphammer Falls, Ithaca NY

Ithaca sketchcrawl museum display

Sketched inside (where it was warm!) in the Herbert F. Johnson museum, on the college campus

 

2014 10 Ithaca 5

Sketched inside (where it was warm!) in the Herbert F. Johnson museum, on the college campus

2014 10 Ithaca 3 sm

Sketched inside (where it was warm!) in the Herbert F. Johnson museum, on the college campus

 

A trip to Boston – Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Brought a friend to her followup dr visit. She had some nasty vertigo when we arrived at the hotel, so we ordered in.  I sketched my bed while waiting for the food to be delivered in.
The best thing about this hotel (and maybe all Hampton Inns!) is they say the duvet covers are washed each time, like the sheets.  I believe it, because all the linens were white, and they did look really clean!

Brigham & Women’s Hospital cafeteria is equal to a gourmet restaurant! I had pumpkin raviolis with mushrooms and artichokes covered with a white butter sauce. Soo good!  I ate it so fast, I had time to sketch these folks sitting at the window counter in front of me.
By the way, my friend’s test results were exactly what she hoped for, so excellent news for her!

I do love red shoes!

The chef got to eat his lunch too!  I wonder if he prepared his own food?

Elegant older homes

I’m re-reading Danny Gregory’s “The Creative License”.  If that book doesn’t inspire you to get back to or even to start sketching, I don’t know what will!!!
Two very quick sketches touched up with my Pentel water brush –  done from the safety of my car yesterday, as it was a cold, rainy and gloomy day.  Finishing these brightened it up for me, though!
Phelps Mansion

An older west side home

SPAC Saratoga Jazz Fest

Relaxing to some excellent tunes from Christian McBride, Lisa Fischer, Hiromi and so many other superb musicians.  We didn’t stay for Diana Krall Sunday night, as we all had to get up for work the next day.  It was a perfectly sunny and very hot day!  For me (the sketcher) I really appreciated the fact that most people were kind enough (and logy from the heat!) to sit still long enough for me to sketch.
No musician sketches yet, but that Hiromi is one amazing pianist!  She is so full of joy and energy that she jumps up, looks like she’s just making a noisy mess when she bangs her forearm on the keys (no ‘tickling’ the ivories for her!), and the sounds she makes are mesmerizing and wonderful to see and hear.
Matching chairs

Medley

Stopped reading long enough to make a comment

Texting in between sets.  Maybe bragging to friends about where he is…

Foot tappin’ music all two days!