April 23, 2014

Studio Night Last Night: Tiny Painting Time!

I'm so happy to be working on tiny paintings again!

April 22, 2014

Went to New York!

This past weekend Toby and I took our nephew Joshua to New York. We took his brother Calvin a few years ago.

I didn't do much sketching because we barely sat still! So much walking. I made this first sketch from our hotel room - amazing views!

We visited with my brother David, ate pizza, and went to the top of the Empire State Building; ate more pizza, went to Grand Central Station and Rockefeller Center and Central Park and ate more pizza, then went to a Mets game; ate more pizza, rode the Staten Island ferry, went to two comic book stores, and had dinner at Les Halles, which I highly recommend.

Even with all that stuff it was too too short. We had a fantastic time!

It's like Grand Central Station in here!

April 01, 2014

Class Prep

Class prep isn't only making a list for myself of everything to talk about, or gathering materials and examples, it's also just thinking about it, a lot, every time I sketch for a month leading up to the class.

March 31, 2014

Memphis Monday: The Art Center

That's the Art Center over there across the street. I was sitting at Sean's Deli, which has yummy falafel and hummus and gyros. The Art Center has yummy paints and pens and sketchbooks. Visit them both!

March 29, 2014

Unexpected Night Out

Most Fridays I go to art openings, even when I want to go home and put on my house pants. But this particular Friday night I got a text saying we're having dinner at Bosco's - fun! Even if it's not house-pants friendly.

March 28, 2014

Poetry Listening

More sketches from the poetry reading I mentioned in the last Follow Friday.

March 27, 2014

Last Month's Sketch Group

Memphis Urban Sketchers met at the Clark Tower area for the March Sketch group.  Here are my sketches from the day.

I call this one Big Monster with a Hat On, inspired by Inma Serrano.

I also sketched in side the Poplar/White Station Library, which sits in front of the White Station Tower and the Clark Tower. It's the library of my childhood!

And I sketched at Casablanca Restaurant, where some of the sketchers met for lunch.

Join us for the next sketch group Saturday, April 5 at Elmwood Cemetery, 9:30 til noon!

March 26, 2014

Studio Night Last Night: Class Prep Mostly

That's right, class prep mostly. Sigh.

There are seven paintings here just glaring at me. Don't worry paintings, I'll get to you.

This picture is from the first class last week. I like to make my students make sketches for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. It's so fun, even if I'm the only one who ever enjoys it. But they do like it later when I let them collage into and over the quick sketches.

Do you ever make sketches that quickly? It's fun to mix it up.

March 14, 2014

Follow Friday: Poets and Bookstores

My friend Heather Dobbins-Combs just had a book of poetry published titled In the Low Houses. It is lovely and I know this because she read several of them to a us at Burke's Books last week. I also bought a copy so that I can read the rest of them myself.

Go to Burke's and buy yourself a copy!

March 13, 2014

Tiny Sketchbook

In addition to my everyday Stillman & Birn Alpha Series sketchbook, I've been carrying around a very small Laloran sketchbook. It's 4.5" x 4.5" - that's tiny! It's perfect for when I only have time for the quickest sketch, or when I want to practice sketching people (there are more people in later sketches - you'll see.)