Monday, July 28, 2014

Amadeus Abroad

My wife and I are just returned from spending the month of July cruising on our boat Amadeus. This is her. She's a Catalina 355...pretty close to 36 feet long. The picture was taken in Manistee, Mi close to the end of the trip. As with outings on our previous boat, the watercolors were on board. We started this year traveling from our home port Whitehall, Mi. From there we headed north along the east shore of Lake Michigan, finally arriving in Frankfort, Mi.

Frankfort was the jump point for a run across Lake Michigan to Sturgeon Bay, Wi. About 10 miles offshore from Frankfort I did this sketch of day break and the dunes and clouds off our stern.  A freighter passed behind providing a nice accent to complete the piece.

The hop from Frankfort to Sturgeon Bay is 50 miles across Lake Michigan. Takes a while to cover the distance traveling at 7 knots.
I pretty much did a sketch or two everyplace we traveled. I'll be posting those too.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sketchcrawl at the Nelson-Atkins Gallery, Saturday the 19th

Just a reminder and a bit of info for you KC area sketchers (and whoever else cares to join us!  I know one is coming from St. Louis and I think Springfield--exciting!)

We'll be meeting inside the garage entrance at noon or shortly after, and sketching wherever we want--I'm in an Asian kind of mood, myself!

FYI, the incredibly talented Molly Hammer is doing a brunch performance at Chas on the Plaza, in the Raphael Hotel, from 10:00 a.m. till one, and we're planning to go there on our way to the Nelson.  Join us, if you wish!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Way, St. Louis

Composed of salvaged oil tanks, "The Way," a massive sculpture by artist and designer Alexander Liberman that stands 65' high, is the signature piece of  Laumier Sculpture Park in suburban St. Louis county. Liberman was the editorial design director for Vogue and Conde Nast publications for over 30 years while also being an internationally known sculptor. He died in 1999 at the age of 82. Although I have visited the park many times I have never sketched there until last week.
"The Way," St. Louis, 07/03/2014; Michael Anderson, water color on Canson 140 lb.

Friday, June 27, 2014

KC Area Sketchers' July Sketchcrawl

Hi all!

This time our KC area sketchers will meet at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the third Saturday of the month.  That's the 19th!

We'll meet up at the main garage entrance, just inside the underground parking, and go from there.

Normally we meet at 12:30, but because the Rozelle Court restaurant closes early, let's try for noon so we can still eat together after some sketching.

I'll be heading for Quan Yin again--it's been too long since I've sketched there--but we can all spread out and go wherever we like, then try to meet up at 2:00 at Rozelle Court to eat and share our sketches.

Then if we want we can go back to sketching!

Hope to see you there...we may even have some sketchers from a bit of distance coming to join us, and welcome.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

St Louis Sketching Event!

Sorry I didn't get this up sooner, all...I've been out of town and both swamped exhausted since I got back.

If you've ever wanted to meet up to sketch on the grounds of the St. Louis Arch, here's your chance!

It will be Saturday, June 21 (rain date of July 12)
Stop by anytime between 6am & 7pm and draw like crazy!  

More here:

I've uploaded the PDF, so you can see all the information and, I believe, download if you wish (I made the link public now...silly Google Drive!)--it's here:

But if that doesn't work, all the info is below:

Sketch Day
Arch Grounds
Saturday, June 21 (rain date of July 12)
Stop by anytime between 6am & 7pm

Please register online before, during or after so
organizers can coordinate with you to display your artwork!
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial memorializes St. Louis' role in
westward expansion. With plans for renewed and reinvigorated Gateway Arch
grounds and museum underway, the project partners wish to celebrate this
transformation by documenting the current conditions.

With planners, landscape architects, artists & architects of
the region are invited to document our national park!

Stay for the free event that night: Flicks and Foodies at the Gateway Arch
Music: Typhoon Jackson 7-9 Food trucks: 7-10 Movie: Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid 9-11

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