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.

Fairgoers.

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.

Piglets

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.
Civilians.
Cannons!
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.

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

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