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.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sketching at the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing Museum

Wednesday, Roberta and I biked down to South Saint Paul with our friend Andy Singer to do a little sketching at the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing hangar and museum. CAF's museum is a great place to sketch. We were able to view the airplanes up close and the volunteers were friendly and informative. We will definitely return to sketch again.

Andy and I enjoyed sketching the vintage airplanes and vehicles. Roberta found the exhibit on WASPs (Women Air Force Service Pilots) more interesting from a fashion artist point of view.

Here's our sketches, click on them to make them bigger:

Roberta Avidor's sketch of a WASP in uniform.

Andy Singer's sketch of a vintage army bike.

Andy Singer's sketch of a army staff car.

My sketch of an engine.
 This was my second visit to the museum. Back in April, I biked down to the museum to sketch their B-25 bomber. My dad was a bombardier on a B-25 during WW2. He wrote a several stories about his experience including this short story "Hot Lips". My brother wrote a short story about my dad's experience during the war and after titled "The Navigator". I thought a lot about my dad as I sketched the CAF's "Miss Mitchell".

 B-25 Sketched on two pieces of Strathmore toned paper glued together

Me and "Miss Mitchell"

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Prom Time in Saint Paul

While bicycling Saturday past Irvine Park in Saint Paul, Roberta and I saw a bunch of prom-goers and their family and friends taking photos. We stopped and sketched.

My sketch

Roberta's sketch

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Uganda Trip - part 1

A year ago, I leaped at the chance to visit Uganda while my brother spent the better part of year there on a research fellowship. What a trip! Shall we take a trip down memory lane together to see some sketches from my travels? With many sketches to share, I'll take this in several posts (unless you cry uncle and beg for something newer and a bit more local!). Click on any image to enlarge and see other sketches from the trip on my Flickr page.

First up, a map I sketched while waiting for the first leg of my flight. Uganda covers an area approximate 10% larger than Minnesota.

Our first stop were the lush Entebbe Botanical Gardens on Lake Victoria.

This daytrip offered us our first primate sightings (beyond humans, of course!). Black-faced vervets and black and white colobus monkeys. The vervet babies were squeal-worthy adorable and the colobus were shy tree-dwellers.

Moving into the city, we spent a day in the heart of downtown Kampala. It's a city of nearly 2 million people that swells to over four million each day as people flock into the city for jobs and opportunities. Needless to say, the traffic is incredible. Watching and sketching one of the two taxi parks in the city was overwhelming and awesome in its shear scale. I managed to capture a small slice of the action.

The market stalls and businesses offering myriad services for people coming into and out of the city lined the edges of the taxi park.

After the frenetic action of the taxi park my family retreated to the quiet grounds of a nearby temple, from which I sketched a Sikh temple visible in the distance.

It was an eventful and exciting start to the trip! Stay tuned as our merry party heads off on safari.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A visit to New Orleans

I was in New Orleans recently and I took sketch bag just in case! (I take it everywhere just in case)

Most of these are while waiting for food. The carousel bar literally spins at a slow 14 minute rotation. 

This was a very very fast sketch and
Paint while standing in a crowd. 

This just had to be sketched. 

Our dinner view of the roof of the Cats Meow building

I hope you enjoyed these. I certainly did

James Nutt

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bicycling & Sketching

Last week, Roberta and I rode our Brompton Bikes on a "pastry run" from Minneapolis to Hopkins sponsored by the awesome folks at Calhoun Cycle. The ride was part of festivities for 30 Days of Bicycling. We had a lot of fun and we did a little sketching. I did a sketch using colored pencils on a roll of Strathmore 400 Series Toned Sketch paper I bought at Wet Paint. Roberta used watercolor pencils on Cartiera Magnani Annigoni watercolor paper.

It was a lot of fun. For more about our bicycling and sketching adventures, read this Strib  article and  listen to this MPR Pedal Hub podcast.

Click on the sketches to make them bigger:

Roberta & I at The Depot in Hopkins.

Roberta's sketch in Hopkins.

My big sketch of the ride.


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