April 27, 2017

To Tide You Over

Y'all, I have been sketching SO MUCH this month! Just not scanning very much. Scanning is the more difficult habit to establish. Here are my last few sketches from March to hold you over until I can get time to scan and post April.

These sketches are in a tiny Laloran sketchbook - about 4 x 3.75 inches - and I'm enjoying the challenge.


March 31, 2017

Friday Favorite: City East Bagel and Grille

City East Bagel and Grille, aka the Bagel Diner (that's what I call it), is one of my favorite places to eat lunch. I highly recommend the turkey reuben and a side of potato salad.


March 30, 2017

Look! More people!

Now I'm the creepy person at the coffee shop staring at everyone. I'm cool with that.


March 29, 2017

Me and My House

I made this self-portrait sketch a couple of weeks ago. It looks more like my sister, but I promise that my nose looks like that, too. It's just usually covered up with glasses.


I love my patio!!!


March 28, 2017

Cars and Trees and Cars and Trees




... and desk stuff and notes.

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March 27, 2017

Memphis Monday: East Memphis Icons

A couple of other iconic East Memphis buildings (i.e. not the Clark Tower).

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March 26, 2017

Eleven More People

Yesterday I posted about #oneweek100people, and here's proof that I kept it up! This is Melissa Dunn's gallery talk for her amazing show at L Ross Gallery.

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March 25, 2017

One Week One Hundred People

A couple of weeks ago I participated in #oneweek100people2017, a sketching challenge started by Liz Steel and Marc Taro Holmes, where the goal was to sketch 100 people in a week.



I don't normally participate in these types of challenges because once I give myself an assignment I don't want to do the thing anymore, but this seemed like fun and I knew that if I didn't get to 100 nothing bad would happen :)

Which is good, because I only got to about 60. But then again, it wasn't a week, it was only five days (March 6-10).




I had big plans for getting to 100. I literally had plans for most days, such as a group photo of women artists in Memphis, during which I completely forgot to sketch, and lunch with girlfriends, during which I was too busy visiting to sketch, etc.


On Friday there was a Spark/Spillit event - Women and Their Art - where I got 20 more people! By then I was feeling so confident that the very last sketch I did I showed to the woman because I was so happy with it.



Some things I learned:
• Sketching with a fat pen makes everything easier! It's freeing somehow, and makes me less timid.
• If I see a person I want to sketch I just have to sketch them! I can't eat lunch first or they will leave before I'm done, and I can't think about it too long or the moment will have passed.

• The way my life it set up, I really don't see a lot of people during the day! Except at work, but I'm weird enough there without going around sketching everyone.
• I like sketching people! I usually sketch around them, but now I have a whole new subject everywhere I go.
• I can take on a challenge without "winning" it and everything will be okay :)

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March 09, 2017

Bookclub!

We had bookclub last week - read Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein, a collection of short stories set in a distopian future in which people are overdependent on technology. I liked it - I give it a qualified 3 (would recommend to a friend, if that friend is okay with distopian stories).


Bookclub dog, Pond. Her brother Wash won't be still long enough to be sketched.

March 08, 2017

Recent Memphis Urban Sketchers Outings

In February we went to the Barret Library at Rhodes - it's a really beautiful building, and it was a good day to be inside!

I sketched Martha Kelly and Carl Fox sketching, with a backdrop of stained glass windows.



In March we went to the Big River Crossing, which was amazing! I wanted to sketch everything and I can't wait to go back.


I sketched the skyline with a fat pen, because I find they make me less fussy.


That bridge, the "New Bridge," proves to be as elusive to capture a likeness of as another Memphis icon, Elvis.