Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sketches at the Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl

I love sketching musicians. I had an overdose of awesomeness yesterday when a humongous bunch of amazing musicians performed free in Lowertown all day yesterday in the first ever Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl. I wish I could have heard them all and sketched them all but, you know... time.

Here are the sketches I did (click on the sketches to make them bigger):

Half of the Sinfonia Quartet.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Margaret Humphrey & Asako Hirabayashi (Cerulean Fire).
Tulio Rondón (Flying Forms).
Two Singers from the Minnesota Opera.
Consortium Carassimi in the Baroque Room.
Me sketching in Union Depot's waiting room.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

State Fairs Near and Far

Visiting artist Cathy Tenzo sketches at the Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out and at her own state fair. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Image ©2015 Cathy Tenzo, used with permission.

We had a great Seventh Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out this year. Local artists made a return visit to sketch and share their sketches with all of us—and while it was a hot day, it was mild compared to some we have faced with our sketchbooks and little shade!

This year we also had a few visitors from out of state. One of those visitors was Cathy Tenzo. She lives in the Seattle area. She learned about the sketch out through my class in the "Beginning" session of Sketch Book Skool—Drawing Animals. (I did go on and on about how wonderful the Minnesota State Fair is!)

Cathy used to live in Minnesota. This year she took a trip back here to visit friends. She was able to time her trip to coincide with the sketch out. She wrote about her experiences at the sketch out in a blog post.

 “I love color,” Cathy said to me, as she was showing me her sketches at the meeting. She loves to use vibrant colors that capture the moment as she feels it. Realistic colors aren't what she's after. She's working in the moment and experimenting. You can see all her sketches of animal, people, and buildings at the link above. It was great to meet Cathy. I hope she can make it back here next year!

Her adventures for the summer didn’t end with the Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out, however. After returning home to Washington, Cathy made a trip to her state’s fair, called “the Puyallup” because it is held in Puyallup, Washington. You can see sketches from that sketch outing on her blog at this link.

There was no bird flu epidemic in Washington State, so those fairgoers enjoyed something we couldn’t enjoy this year—BIRDS, and of course the sketching of birds. Check out Cathy's bird sketches at that link. Thanks to Cathy we can all enjoy a little dose of bird cuteness this year, without having to travel out of state!

Whether you live 200 feet from the Minnesota State Fair Grounds or you came from far away, like Cathy, have you taken a moment to scan and post your sketches from this year's Fair? Perhaps you’ve posted them on the Facebook group? Remember you can post them here as well. Let’s show your work to all the folks that weren’t able to make it to the meeting!

(And yes, I’ll be posting some of my sketches soon. 
My scanner died at the most inopportune time.)

I want to thank everyone who came out on September 1, 2015 for the Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out. This is my last sketch out (that I’m organizing). It was great to see you all, and to see the lovely work you created on the spot.

I’m looking forward to next year’s Eighth Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out. Local artist Marty Harris will be taking over the organization of the sketch outs. I’ll be sure to direct you to new info as it’s available.

I look forward to seeing you all next year, in the barns of course—the poultry barn I hope!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

My 3 days of Sketching the Minnesota State Fair.

Every year, the Twin Cities Urban Sketchers gather at the Minnesota State Fair for a sketch-out.  This year, I went to the State Fair on two additional days. I  like sketching people and there's no better place to sketch people doing lots of different stuff than the State Fair. I also like to sketch animals.

I wanted to work big and quickly, so I mostly used a series 400 11X14 inch Strathmore toned paper pad. I also did a few sketches in my smaller, toned paper journal. I use a Pigma Graphic 1 pen and color with mostly Prismacolor pencils.

Here's some of my sketches:

One of the entrances to the Fair.


I like sketching the Sham-Wow guys.

A military vehicle attracted lots of people.

A Woody Guthrie concert. I got autographs.

A cow.

More cows.

More Fairgoers.


The Jefferson Lines booth.
(Cross-posted at Midwest Urban Sketchers)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Above: This year's button, with artwork by the fabulously talented Ken Avidor.

It's time to get ready for the Seventh Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. 

Come out and join us. There will be a meeting at 4:30 in the food court between the Food Building and Ag-Hort. If the weather is bad we will go inside Ag-Hort, to the center of the building where all the spokes of the halls join up.

I will post a map closer to the date, on my blog, Roz Wound Up.

If you would like to learn more about the sketch out and how it started and what's happening going forward in the future, and some other surprises you can read my "Buttons Have Arrived Post."

This is my final year as organizer and I hope that you can all get out and make it the best MSFSO ever! See you on September 1.

A Civil War Homecoming at Fort Snelling

(Cross-posted at Midwest Urban Sketchers) 

This weekend the Minnesota Historical Society staged "A Civil War Homecoming", re-enacting the return of soldiers to Fort Snelling in 1865. This event is part of MNHS's Sesquicentennial commemoration. I'm crazy about sketching people in period costumes, so I was there on Saturday and Sunday. Roberta was there on Sunday and did some nice sketches.

The soldiers marching into Fort Snelling.
More Civilians.
A Colonel.
War Correspondent (artist David Geister).
More Soldiers.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sketching the Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Roberta and I love sketching musicians and we love sketching our neighborhood here in Lowertown. So, it was doubly awesome to be able to sketch the Twin Cities Jazz Festival this weekend. We only had to tote our folding chairs and sketching gear a few blocks to sketch at the AARP Stage in Mears Park and the Jefferson Lines stage on 6th Street. Yesterday, we only had to step out our front door to catch some fine jazz played by very talented, local school kids.

Later that afternoon we sketched the Dr. John concert at the Blue Cross Blue Shield MN Stage at the spankin' new CHS Field. It was awesome to get right up close to the stage to listen to and sketch the legendary Mac Rebennack. We also enjoyed sketching the opening act, the amazing Jack Brass Band. You can learn more about the bands and musicians we sketched at the TC Jazz Fest website.

Click on the sketches to make them bigger:

Roberta's drawing of Pippi Ardennia
My sketch of the Laura Caviani Trio.
My sketch of Pippi Ardennia (and a photog).
Roberta' quick sketch of Othello Molineaux.
Roberta's sketch of the Araya Orta Latin Jazz Quartet.
My sketch of the band called"No Room for Squares",
My sketch of "Laranja".
Another sketch I did of "No Room for Squares".
Roberta's sketch of "No Room for "Squares".
My sketch of the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education's "Joe's  Camp" (and proud parents).
The awesome Jack Brass Band.
Roberta's sketch of the Jack Brass BAnd.
Roberta's sketch of Dr. John.
Another awesome sketch of Dr. John by Roberta.
My sketch of Dr. John.
Another sketch I did of Dr. John.
Roberta's sketch of a member of "Breaking Brass", a McNally Smith College of Music student ensemble. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sketching the Saint Paul Saints & Joplin Blasters at the CHS Field

Roberta and I finally got to see a Saints game at the new CHS Field a short walk from where we live in Lowertown. Roberta and I sketched on Strathmore toned paper scrolls (Wet Paint sells the rolls). Roberta and I sketched the Saints last year in their old ballpark. This ballpark is nicer. Click on the sketches to make them bigger.

Roberta & her scroll.

Me and my scroll.

My complete scroll.

A section of Roberta's scroll.

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