Monday, June 22, 2015

TJ Stitchery & Frame Shop

This is a sketch of another of our neat old Rockford, Michigan buildings. The building sits next to what was the rail line that served our town. The rails are gone, replaced by the White Pine bicycle trail. The building is home to TJ Stitchery & Frame Shop. The building's back end hosts a fly fishing shop that services the fishermen who fish the Rogue river which runs through and around Rockford.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Mac Racer gone Cruising

I sketched this view of Glider last week but couldn't do an upload 'cause I only had my iPad with me. Glider is a 40 footer that sits next to my boat at the marina in Whitehall, Michigan. Glider is a Cal 40. Cal 40s were designed to race from California to Hawaii in the annual Pacific Transpac race.

Glider did her share of racing, doing several Chicago to Mackinaw Island races (300 plus miles up Lake Michigan). Her current owner rescued her from a boat yard and restored her to beautiful and immaculate condition. The boat, and her owner, now spend summers cruising northern Lake Michigan with family and friends aboard. Glider still occasionally races locally. And having been passed by her on the race course, I know how fast the old gal still is. The sketch was done with pen and Prismacolor grey graded marking pens.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Starting small, I did the sketch on the Plaza, a local shopping area with Spanish-themed architecture. Sketched in 7 minutes, I added color later because I was on my way to a class.  That's the technique I'm trying to improve so that I can sketch on site when I travel with non-sketchers.  It left a lot of blank page, so I tried filling it out with text.  Onward and upward!

Virtual Sketch Crawl June 20th

It's almost time for another Virtual Sketch Crawl...this month it's June 20th. Join in wherever you are and take part. Click on this Link for Information on this month's Virtual Sketch Crawl

Monday, June 8, 2015

Public Art by Dale Rogers, Belleville, IL

“Public Art, Belleville, IL, 05/08/2015;” watercolor on Canson 140lb cold press sketch book, Michael Anderson.

“Flight,” a temporary public art installation by sculptor Dale Rogers landed on the campus of Southwestern Illinois College last month.  Nine stainless steel birds with 12 foot wing spans supported in 16’ high steel frames were arranged in a serpentine line along both sides of the street leading to the campus quad. Although it was a cloudy day when I visited the exhibit the polished steel birds still reflected the sky and their surrounding environment making them visually active and interesting. “Flight” debuted as an installation at ArtPrize 2012 in Grand Rapids, MI, winning a “Best Use of Urban Space” award. In his artist’s statement Rogers says “Art is a catalyst for thought, conversation and connection...” I think that is a perfect description of urban sketching as well.

Here is a link to a gallery of photos of Flight from the sculptor's website

Urban Sketcher's Workshop - From Farm to Plate: Documenting the Slow Food Movement in Chatham County, NC

Sunday, June 7, 2015

I'm Dave Worfel

I'm Dave Worfel, one of the Urban Sketchers Midwest blog correspondents and site co-administrators. I actively post here as-well-as to the Urban Sketchers Midwest Facebook and the Urban Sketchers (group) Facebook pages. I live in Rockford, Michigan which is on the west side of the state just north of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

My wife says I've achieved my life goals...I'm retired, and I've become a ski bum, boat bum, artist, and, oh yeah, still an electronics tech. In winter I'm a ski patroller, lead patrol hill trainer, and a professionally certified ski instructor. In the summer my wife and I sail, and live on, a 36 foot sailboat.This is our boat, Amadeus, when we were in Manistee, Michigan last summer.


I spent 20 years in the Air Force and Air Guard as an electronics tech and Squadron Commander. And I've been a ham radio operator for more years than I care to own up to. I also figure out how to create and install marine electronics system for our boat. That's me playing with my aging ham radio gear.

Art wise I'm pretty much self taught. I do photography...had several sailing magazine covers,  watercolors, and pen and pencil sketches. Subject wise I love doing marine related work, buildings, and most anything else that catches my interest. Below are some of the pieces I've done. 

So that's sorta me in a nut shell.I can be reached at

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