Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Grand River and Downtown Grand Rapids

Kate, here's my contribution to today's virtual sketch crawl. The sketch is of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. The river in the foreground is the Grand River, which flows through town and on to Lake Michigan. Today was the warmest we've had all spring. The trees here are just beginning to bud out.

The location for the sketch was a great spot at the river-front park in front of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

I haven't posted in a while. Winter up here doesn't encourage me to get out and do art. So today was a great day to be out. Warm and sunny. Super to be in the park.




Sunday, April 12, 2015

Virtual Sketchcrawl for April

It's that time again!

A sketchcrawl "in real life" is normally a group of art friends getting together to share the fun of sketching, wherever they are. In our small group, we meet up once a month on the 3rd Saturday, sketch a few hours, and then eat and share our sketches. Some groups are large, some are small, but we often wish we could meet with a larger pool of artists.

So since we are an online community, let's do a virtual sketchcrawl!

Let's meet up, wherever we are, to sketch! Then post to the Artist's Journal Workshop group with VIRTUAL SKETCHCRAWL or #virtualsketchcrawl in the title. We're here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/artists.journal.workshop/

We're an big regional group, so any time of day you can manage it is fine.


Our regular in-real-life KC area sketchcrawl needs to be the NEXT weekend, the 25--sorry!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Meet the Correspondent--Marcia Milner-Brage

This is me in my backyard. Cedar Falls, Iowa has been home for close to 30 years. My first memory was drawing my parents when I was five years old. I've been trying to figure out the world through drawing it ever since. I became hooked on urban sketching when I went to the 1st Urban Sketcher Symposium in Portland, Oregon, in 2010.

I like drawing landscapes. Many of my drawings are of my neighborhood--part of old town Cedar Falls. My favorite media is wax pastels on tinted paper. I spend about 2-1/2 hours on-site, doing one. The 3rd down I did yesterday afternoon. It's finally warm enough to get outside and draw!
2 Steeples Winter
School Bus in Vacant Lot
Backyard Shed on 13th

Since I retired from my wage earning job eight years ago, I draw more than ever. And I travel, drawing wherever I go. I carry a 5B pencil with a stick eraser and a pocket-size Moleskine everywhere. I try my hand at watercolor, too.
Moonrise from Lapa (Lisbon, Portugal)
Green House on Flower (Venice Beach, California)

Perio Point Dock sketch (Beals Island, Maine)
August 2014, I was asked to be a Correspondent on the Urban Sketchers international blog! Very exciting--a dream come true! I also write short personal essays; some have been published and many have been broadcast over Iowa Public Radio when I was a regular commentator in the 1990s. The Urban Sketcher blog is a wonderful format for telling a story with both drawings and words.  Here's one of my posts: Bringing the Garden Inside

I am also one of the seven volunteer editors for the Urban Sketchers Blog. We curate content for guest posts and interviews. I love doing this and am honored to be the conduit to feature other Urban Sketcher's work. Winter Hats on a Moscow Suburban Train is a guest post by Masha Kirikova. Reuven Dattner's Pattern Rich Israel is an interview. 

If you have a cluster of urban sketcher drawings and words to go with it that tell a story and would like to be considered for a Guest Post on the Urban Sketcher blog, send your proposal to editorial@urbansketchers.org. Likewise, if you think one of your posts to this Midwest blog should be reposted to the international blog, send us a link to be considered.

Soon, all Urban Sketcher regional correspondents will be invited to be listed on the Correspondents page of the international blog. If you're a Midwest Correspondent, get ready by posting your Meet the Correspondent here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March Sketchcrawl

The waterfall is in the hotel lobby!



Pictures from our March sketchcrawl at Kansas City's Crown Center--what a zoo!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It has been quite awhile since I've posted anything here.  I've been trying to do some sketching when possible over my lunch hour.  The images here were done back in December but are representative of some of the things I've done recently.  These were done in the car in a 5.5" square Handbook Journal.  A Pilot V5 precise pen works pretty well in this type of book.  The paper is actually an ivory color in this book that I have.  



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