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.......     community supported agriculture
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.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sketching the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra

The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra is great orchestra and great fun too. It's also a lot of fun to sketch the orchestra.The orchestra mostly perform at the bandshell on Lake Harriet (also fun to sketch). I recently had an opportunity to sketch the orchestra as it rehearsed in the morning and later on that evening at the bandshell. Roberta joined me and did a sketch too (as always, click on the sketches to make them bigger):

Rehearsal with some of the musicians.

Mostly Maestro with some musicians.

Roberta's sketch later at the bandshell.

Sketch from my small journal of other building.

Always fun to sketch people.
I spotted a little kid gazing at the artwork I did for the Pops Orchestra's t-shirt - no time to sketch so I took a photo (I know it breaks the rules, but hey it's a cute photo!):

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sketches of Flooding in Saint Paul (Part Three)

The river has crested at 20.13 feet yesterday, but still remains very high for several days. It wasn't a big disaster since Saint Paul neighborhoods along the river were removed long ago. Here's a sketch of one of those neighborhoods "The Upper Levee" Roberta did a while back for a restaurant menu:

We watched and sketched as the familiar landscape changed from land to water. Roberta caught a cold, so she was unable to sketch more than one scene. Here are the sketches we did over the last few days (click on the sketches to make them bigger):

Access to Shepard and Warner Road was blocked off by sand bags and big orange pumps were stationed to pump water out of drains back into the river. This is Roberta's sketch:

I sketch the same scene with more emphasis on the clutter of signs and infrastructure:

The river looked real nasty from the Robert Street Bridge with lots of whirlpools and eddies that were mesmerizing to watch:

Sketches from my small journal showing the river rising on Raspberry Island from the Wabasha Bridge:

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