April 28, 2015

Teaching on Tuesdays

For the past few Tuesdays I've been teaching Fast Sketching with Ink and Watercolor at Flicker Street Studio. I learned so much from teaching this class! Here is a quick sketch I did on our last night, when we had snacks and sketched each other.

Below is a list from the first class of the things students said they wanted to get out of the class.

April 27, 2015

Memphis Monday - The Old Forest at Overton Park

Earlier in April the Memphis Urban Sketchers went to the Old Forest at Overton Park. I made these sketches with my new class in mind - Fast Sketching with Ink and Watercolor. I paid more attention to what I was doing than usual, then used it as a demo during the class.

Martha Kelly was our guide through the forest, and she took us to an area where there were mayapples everywhere!

April 25, 2015

New Orleans, Scanned and Described

I posted all of my sketches from New Orleans using my phone, which means some of the images were cut off when they posted, and all of them were dark, so here they are scanned. And described.
(Click images to see them better.)

First sketch and first oysters of the trip at Felix's. 
Cute band and Pimm's Cups at The 21st Amendment bar. We toasted the 21st Amendment for the rest of the trip.

 Late beignet snack after a late dinner. My first ever time at Cafe du Monde.

French Quarter Fest - sketch inspired by Jim Richards because I knew he and Patti were also in New Orleans.

One of the best things I've ever eaten in my life. Bourbon barbecue shrimp po-boy from a Dickie Brennan's stand at the French Quarter Fest.

I was really there!

Sketched a riverboat. Those drinks are in the future - I did that sketch the next day.

My sister and I made a new friend!

And met old friends! There's Jim and Patti - we joined them for more oysters at Felix's.

Obligatory New Orleans Sunday brunch photo!

Sazerac Bar and Maspero's

The Cathedral. Then Monday at Dr. Bob's.

Before heading home Monday ate at Elizabeth's in the Bywater.

Sketched this from Crescent Park. 
Goodbye New Orleans! I love you!

April 24, 2015

Studio Night Last Night: Fun with Instagram


April 20, 2015

Fast Sketching at the Food Truck Fest

I sketched this Saturday at the Food Truck Fest - so much fun!

Lately my sketching has been inspired by the class I'm teaching at Flicker Street Studio called Fast Sketching with Ink and Watercolor. I created the class because sometimes it seems like my sketching students want to use pencils and go slow - and there's nothing wrong with that! - but I want them to be prepared to sketch out in the world with a variety of materials, and in a variety of situations. As I've taught this over the last couple of weeks (tomorrow is the last class), I've realized that this class is also about chance - about being open to chance in sketching, but also being prepared for it.

I'm teaching this class again in May and there are still a few spots left - visit the Flicker Street Studio site to sign up!

April 13, 2015

New Orleans 7

April 12, 2015

New Orleans 6


New Orleans 5

Riverboat and drinks!

April 11, 2015

New Orleans 4

Jackson Square

April 10, 2015

New Orleans 3

Late night beignets

New Orleans 2

Shine Delphi?

New Orleans 1

At Felix's eating oysters

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