Thursday, September 27, 2012

This time they win

Will you see the back of people's heads every week for the rest of High School football season? It could happen. Our seats are kind of high up so getting any real detail of field action is not easy. Yes, we have season tickets to high school football. Do people in other places do that? I'm a little shy to go sketch under the stands. That seems to be where the real action is, at least if you are a kid or young teen. Anyway, seems when I am a captive audience at the game is almost my only sketching time lately.
REMINDER: World Wide SketchCrawl, Saturday, Oct. 13 Houston group is meeting downtown at Discovery Green 10 a.m. at the Lake House Waterside Cafe.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Lake Jackson

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza in a wonderful morning, were we see hummingbird being banded, but very difficult to draw, this beautiful creatures are so fast, and so small.................
As well you can adopt one, or may be buy some plants for you garden to attract them.
And of course you can walk the nature trails, were I did this sketch

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Friday Night Football Texas Sketcher Style

When you are only at the game to see your drummer boy - the rest of Friday Night High School Football is a new opportunity to sketch. No doubt the fans around me think I am wakky but...the results. The band seemed to be having so much fun - the horrible loss did not seem to phase them.
Lucky for us as the home team we sit with our backs to the setting sun. The visitors, which this week, were a see of red facing straight into the sunset. Last week our visitors filled maybe 25% of the other stands, this week a big cheering crowd with a good band. It did make the game more fun.
Square sketchbook, Sailor fountain pen, and watercolor with waterbrush.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Amazon is accepting pre-orders for Jim's book!  Go to to buy your copy now!  Congratulations to fellow USKTexas member Jim Richards!  Way to go Jim!  This book is destined to become a classic! 

Monday, September 10, 2012

A Sense of Place

How much do you really know about the area closest to home? What was your city or town like before the urban development? Or the suburban sprawl? What was there 50, 100, or 50 million years ago? And can you still find any artifacts of those times?

This week I talk about getting to know (and sketch) areas that may be as close as your own back yard.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sketching at the Ideson

Today I attended a tour and sketch trip sponsored by the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art at the Ideson Building. We got a very interesting tour of the lovely restoration by one of the volunteers. It made me appreciate the hard work done on this building even more. It is a MUST see for anyone who loves old buildings. We decided to sketch the facade, which we learned was an homage to a 16th century Spanish university. I put a photo and my sketch side by side here. I was sitting on the ground and far to the left by those lights, so my perspective was slightly extreme. But you can see what I drew on the upper right corner of the building with Heritage Plaza looming behind. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Monday, September 3, 2012

New England Travel Book-Aug2012

Wonderful trip to New England, with a lot of time to sketch, thks to the undertanding of my family.
Rest of the sketch here.
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse-Bristol, Maine

Public Garden. Boston