July 20, 2015

Memphis Monday: Inside the Bass Pro Shop

The Memphis Urban Sketchers went to the Bass Pro Shop in June. It was... quite an experience! It's a fascinating thing to see. The best part is the restaurant/bar with the observation deck. This is the bar, and it was my only decent sketch of the day. Here are some more pictures from our visit.

July 19, 2015

Supply Sunday: The Perfect Black Pen

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pen in black. Blam!

Here are more supplies I like.

July 18, 2015

Sketching at the Dixon

The Dixon invited me to be a guest instructor at their Friday open studios. It was a rainy day, but we managed to get a few good sketches in.

If you have a chance, visit the gardens for the Jun Kaneko exhibit, and for the succulents that they have in the garden and the conservatory. Equally lovely.

July 17, 2015

Sketching Dinner

Martha Kelly and I met in Overton Square recently to eat and sketch and talk about sketching. There is so much to sketch there! It's so busy with people that I made myself add some to my sketch - click on the image to see more detail. Here are Martha's sketches.

July 16, 2015

A Day in the Life

This is what a lot of my days looks like, though they don't always end with mai-tais.

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July 15, 2015


I hope my co-workers remember to waters these stupid things.

July 14, 2015

Studio Night Sketches not from the Studio

I was all set to have a for-real serious Studio Night, when my friend who had been out of town for weeks asked a bunch of us to get together, and I just couldn't say no!

So, I made sure to do some sketching to make it a little more like studio time.

July 13, 2015

Memphis Monday: The View from Sean's Cafe

I love Sean's Cafe on Union! Go there and have some fantastic hummus and falafel and babaganoush, and watch the traffic go by as you wait for your food!

July 12, 2015

Supply Sunday: Hi-Tec-C Coleto 4

Do yourself a favor and go to jetpens.com and order a Hi-Tec-C pen and a variety of ink colors to go in it. It's so great for sketching! I did the bottom right one while filling my car up with gas.

July 11, 2015

Quick Family Sketch

Niece #1 on niece #2's birthday.

July 10, 2015

Trip Prep!

Picking my sketch gear for a trip, big or small, is so hard and yet so much fun! I love to sit and play with all of my sketching supplies. I really downsized a lot this time, thanks to my mini watercolor set. Can't wait to see what I make!

July 09, 2015

Hanging Out

At Memphis Made Brewery with some of my favorite people.

July 08, 2015

Art Talk

In May I gave an art talk to the group Artists' Link. They were lovely! They bought me dinner and everything!

I have gotten used to giving talks, and I love talking about myself art, so I wasn't nervous necessarily, but I do like to make some calming sketches before speaking. So that's what these are - calming sketches.

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