Tuesday, December 16, 2014

URBAN SKETCHERS CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS OF ON-LOCATION SKETCHING AND STORYTELLING

The folks at Urban Sketchers Central sent this my way...

 Seattle, WA, 06 December 2014 – Urban Sketchers.org, a non-profit organization, is celebrating its fifth anniversary since incorporating on December 6, 2009. Its mission is topromote on-location sketching and to connect people around the world who enjoy urbansketching. Wildly successful, the international community of urban sketchers is estimated at 50,000+ and almost 14 million page views on the Urban Sketchers (USk) blog. 

Seattle-based journalist and illustrator Gabriel Campanario launched the group in 2007 by creating an online community of urban sketches on Flickr.com. Sketchers scan their drawings and share them on the group’s Flickr siteFacebook page or blog. The idea went viral. So far communities of sketchers have formed 60 regional chapters in 29 countries. 

"Urban Sketchers is growing because sketchers are finding each other where they live and travel.” says Membership Director, Jessie Chapman. “Members are building relationships and communities with people who share the same interests, both online and at our events."   

USk raises the artistic, storytelling and educational value of location drawing with workshops and events held all around the world. USk has organized five international symposiums in Portland, USA; Lisbon, Portugal; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Barcelona, Spain and Paraty, Brazil. 
The 2015 Symposium will be held in Singapore July 22-25. Organizers expect 250+ attendees from around the world. “Artists of all ages and skill levels have stories to tell,” says founder Gabi Campanario. “UrbanSketchers is a free group that provides a platform for them to renew their love of drawing and to learn more about storytelling.”  
To find out more about Urban Sketchers or to locate a regional chapter near you, visiturbansketchers.org. USk is a 501(c)(3)  non-profit organization. Donations are used to foster educational opportunities for sketching enthusiasts with workshops, events and symposiums. Donations made in the United States may be tax deductible. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ballet at the Union Depot

Ballet  Minnesota  performed  "Black Dog CafĂ©, a contemporary ballet depicting life at this long-standing and popular coffee shop, an anchor tenant of Lowertown" today in the waiting room of the Union Depot. Roberta and I saw (and sketched) the performance which really did evoke the awesomeness of the Black Dog. Here's the sketches (click on the sketches to make them bigger):

Roberta's sketch of the dancers in the waiting room.

My sketch of Flamenco dancer "La Tarara"

The set really looked like the Black Dog.

Smoke machine and more dancers.




Saturday, September 20, 2014

Downtown Saint Paul Airport Open House

Downtown Saint Paul Airport, formerly known as Holman Field had an open house today. I biked over there and sketched an awesome Minnesota Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter. Some of the crew kindly posed alongside the helicopter. (click on the sketch to make it bigger.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Sketching at CHS Field, Lowertown, Saint Paul

I had some fun this morning sketching on the construction site of the ballpark under construction on the eastern edge of Lowertown in Saint Paul. There was a media event to announce the naming of the ballpark - "CHS Field" with a jazz band and the Saint Paul Saints mascot Mudonna cavorting amidst the dust and din of workers finishing what is shaping up to look like an awesome stadium. Roberta and  I had fun sketching the Saints at Midway Stadium this year.

I had enough time to sketch the event and some of the construction before the skies darkened and rain arrived. I was able to finish the sketch inside a construction trailer with a nice view (thanks Ryan Company!). I am soooooo looking forward to sketching at the ballpark next year.

Click on the sketches to make them bigger:

Musicians, construction workers and a big purple pig.
The  awesome Mike Veeck, Prez & owner of the Saints.

Mudonna & me sketching.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Most Awesome Paws on Grand Dog Sketch Event Ever

Wet Paint's Paws on Grand Pet Portrait event. Three hours, dozens of dogs, 5 artists. A grueling, hot, death march of a sketch-out, but I loved every minute of it. Here's sketches and photos of sketches (click on the sketches to make them bigger):









Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sketching the Saint Paul Saints at MIdway Stadium

Roberta and I biked up to Midway Stadium last night to see the Saints defeat the Sioux Falls Canaries 10-4. It was Saint Paul Art Collective night. I wanted to sketch all the fun stuff that goes on during a Saints Game. Roberta did some awesome gesture sketches of the Saints on the field. We are looking forward to next year when the Saints move to their new home in Lowertown, our neighborhood.

 Here's Roberta's sketch (click on the sketch to make it bigger):


Here's my sketch:


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Growing Season for Big City Food Supply

corn planted near city limits of Viroqua Wisconsin

corn everywhere.......


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Here are some sketches from the countryside land of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmers market produce and also the land of King Corn, and the large scale operations of planting every available space with corn.  We're all in this together, we all eat.

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