Fantastic weather and a great turnout for our Saturday sketch outing in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Thanks to everyone who came out!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Last week I was privileged to conduct a two day sketching workshop with a group of landscape architecture students at Texas Tech University. These are a few of the exercises and demos that we did. The two days culminated in a location sketching session on campus. What a great group of students! Thanks to Instructors Christine Casanova and Katherine Nelson for recognizing the importance of sketching in the creative process and for giving me the opportunity to share a few of the things that I have learned over the years!
Pen and Ink w/ watercolor added later-Moleskine 5x8" watercolor sketchbook
Sunday, February 16, 2014
The weather is looking good for our SketchCrawl next Saturday, February 22. Let’s meet at our regular time of 2:30pm in front of the Livestock Exchange Building, 131 E. Exchange Avenue in the heart of the Stockyards. As usual, we will meet briefly, then draw until 4:30, and then gather to share sketchbooks and a group photo. The Stockyards are a “target-rich environment” with a wealth of interesting subject matter for sketchers, so it ought to be a grand time. You may want to linger afterwards for happy hour or dinner with old and/or new friends.
I have a new fountain pen I need to break in, so I’m ready to go. If you have questions let me know…looking forward to seeing you there! -Jim@townscape.com
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
discussing a shot during location filming for Lesson 3
Urban Sketchers - Texas is a relatively new group and we regularly extend invitations for other Lone Star sketchers to join our growing ranks. There are also a lot of folks out there who are intrigued by sketching but lack the skills (or the confidence) to draw in such a public way. But USK-TX hasn't reached a point where it can offer its own workshops (yet). Fortunately, the folks at the Strathmore Artist Paper company are offering a series of FREE online workshops that focus expressly on developing and sharpening basic drawing skills!
in one of the "bonus" videos we'll be adding watercolor to this pen & ink piece from Lesson 3
I'll be teaching the first four lessons (beginning March 10 and running through the next three weeks). And we'll be covering everything from line and shape drawing, to tone and volume, to perspective, to portraiture -- with a look at a variety of media and technique options, and a variety of papers, along the way.
testing out one of the papers for Lesson 1
So, if you or someone you know has been intrigued by urban sketching but has held back because of weak skills, I'd like to invite you to join the free workshop (we already have over 600 participants from 6 continents signed up, so you'll have plenty of company)... and then consider joining USK-Texas for an upcoming sketch crawls.
discussing composition in Lesson 1
For more information about the free workshops please visit http://www.strathmoreartist.com/artist-studio/about/ or visit my blog for a behind-the-scenes look at what we'll be covering.
a Line & Shape demonstration for the Lesson 1 Instruction Sheet
Monday, January 27, 2014
created on iPad with Procreate and Wacom Intuos Creative (pressure sensitive) Stylus
A wonderful time was had by all at the WW SketchCrawl #42 as USk - Austin crawled around a couple of blocks in the heart of Austin's UT Campus urban area at the the Spiderhouse Cafe and Ballroom and the original Trudy's Texas Star. Sterling sketching weather met us at this sprawling indoor/outdoor cafe that is a warm, vibrant, embodiment of the "Keep Austin Weird" spirit. Good times, and free refills on tap! .... happy motoring! Please be sure to join the fun at USk - Austin whenever you're in town!
Thursday, January 23, 2014
It's an opportunity for creative people to meet each other, draw together, and share their sketches with each other and online. These events are "global;" sketchers from around the world gather in their cities on the same day to participate and post their sketches online. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, make new friends and celebrate our city!
What are the rules?
1. There are no rules.
2. Anyone can participate, be it to draw for 20 minutes or the full scheduled time.
3. Any level of ability is welcome, from veteran artists to first time sketchers.
4. Bring your own sketching gear.
5. Kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
We will meet in the plaza where Main St. intersects Fourth St. Anyone who wishes to participate is welcome! We will chat briefly, then disperse to sketch the visual treasures of Downtown Fort Worth. We’ll reconvene at the plaza at 4:30pm to share sketchbooks and for a group photo, then adjourn for downtown fun on your own. Downtown on-street parking is free on weekends. More information at www.fortworthparking.com.
Questions? Contact Urban Sketchers Texas through email@example.com
I was asked by the Fort Worth Business Press to write and illustrate an analysis of the newly completed expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. The expansion takes the form of a new building by Italian architect Renzo Piano, which faces the original building by legendary architect Louis Kahn across a beautiful formal green in the larger context of Fort Worth's Cultural District. The original Kahn building is widely considered one of the greatest buildings of the 20th century. It is heavy and muscular, at once feeling ancient and modern. Piano's new building, while roughly the same proportions as the Kahn building, has a lightness and transparency that acts as both counterpoint and complement to the Kahn. It's well worth a visit to Fort Worth to revisit the Kimbell, and check out this new addition to the city's architectural legacy.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Although I didn't capture anyone smiling or laughing my husband and son and our neighbors had a super New Years Eve at their lake house. It was a constant round of gaming and eating and shooting fireworks out over the water. Here we are playing a game. Plus circling up around the firepit outside and enjoying a beautiful chilly night. The photo shows the sunset and the day after New Years the wind whipped up a completely different view. I downloaded an scanner app for my phone and took this picture of my sketchbook. It worked pretty well. If it weren't for having to scan pages, I would certain post more.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
WIP image from the first bonus video (Fort Worth Botanical Garden)
Last week my film crew and I began shooting a series of four online workshop lessons (to be followed by several "bonus" videos) for Strathmore Artist Papers.
Because of the tight schedule some of the lessons will, no doubt, have to be filmed indoors. But, thankfully, we have an abundance of mild (if not continuous) winter weather here in Texas. So, my crew and I will take advantage of every bit of sunshine, and every bit of warmth, to go out "on location." (And, so far, we're having a blast!)
The workshop will run from early March through the beginning of April and registration is free.
Monday, December 16, 2013
GENTLE REMINDER: THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING EDUCATIONAL PROPOSALS FOR THE UPCOMING SYMPOSIUM ON PARATY, BRAZIL IS NEXT FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20TH, 2013!!!! Looking forward receiving your proposals for either a workshop, a lecture, a guided sketchcrawl, you name it!!!!. Be creative and submit any ideas that you think it will make USk Paraty 2014 an event impossible to forget!!!! Follow the link below.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I'm headed to Boston, one of my absolute favorite cities early tomorrow to participate in the national conference of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) there. Sketching fever has hit ASLA hard this year! On Friday afternoon fellow landscape architect and urban sketcher Richard Alomar and I will lead 30 participants on a downtown sketchcrawl called Sketch Boston!; the participants' sketchbooks will be on display over the next few days at the Convention Center. We'll be joined by artist/author/landscape architect Chip Sullivan and Bob Chipman (designer, digital sketching guru and contributor to my book). Then Richard, Chipman and I will present a lecture and live digital sketching demonstration called Freehand Visions on Saturday, followed by a book signing in the convention Expo Hall. Finally, I'm honored to be hosting a session on Sunday featuring three of the U.S.'s most prominent landscape architects--Laurie Olin, Warren Byrd and Michael Vergason--as they discuss the role of freehand sketching and drawing in their own creative processes.
The sketch above was done in Boston just a few days after the Barcelona USk Symposium, as Richard and I scouted locations for the sketchcrawl...wish us luck!
Monday, November 11, 2013
weighing in at just 2 lbs. full, my 6"x8" pochade is actually lighter than my "daily carry"
bag(the tripod is another story, but only goes along when I want to work standing)
Like many of us who have been swept up in the sketching renaissance, I've been joyfully preoccupied with pens, pens, watercolors, and sketchbooks of late -- in fact, for quite some time now. But there are other medium that can serve the on-site sketcher quite well. And, of late, I've been thinking of one of them: plein air oils.
the results are a refreshing, painterly alternative to the more linear work in my journals
So, with pochade box in hand (and sometimes in my lap, sometimes on a tripod) I've started venturing out to see what I can see. (For those who might be interested, there are more details, including a step-by-step demo, here.)
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
I attended the long-awaited opening of Sundance Square Plaza in downtown Fort Worth this morning. Kudos to Fort Worth, the Sundance Square team, to Ed Bass, architect David Schwarz, and to the plaza designer, landscape architect Michael Vergason. It is a worthy and wonderful addition to the grand plazas of the world...a must see. The photo of me sketching is by Fort Worth Star Telegram photographer Rodger Mallison.