Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Posted by James Richards at 5:58 PM
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Last month the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) had their annual conference in Austin. A group of design drawing professors set up a sketchcrawl for the first day of the conference, I was lucky enough to be invited to come along (now that I'm a bonafide academic), as was Richard Alomar, the founder of Urban Sketchers New York and a professor at Cornell. It was a great day of making new friends and leisurely sketching impressions of a great city. At the end of the day our accordion-style Moleskine sketchbooks were opened and hung for display at a 3rd Street gallery (see photo). Austin is hungry for more sketchcrawls!
|The broad pedestrian way outside the Commons on the U of Texas campus.|
|The amazing axial view from in front of Memorial Tower to the State Capitol.|
|The Memorial Tower on campus.|
|Yup, the back yard at Stubb's BBQ is where I first saw Willie Nelson live, and was captivated by his "Willieness."|
|One of the old stone bridges over Waller Creek (this one at Sixth Street downtown), drawn from the limestone creek bed.|
|The accordion-style sketchbooks were hung from small binder clips on the gallery wall...pass me a Shiner, please...|
Friday, May 10, 2013
Easter weekend we took a trip up to visit one of my sisters and her family and stayed in Denton, Texas. It was perfect spring weather.
Downtown Denton is centered around a large country courthouse and is lively with bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and funky old antique shops. Every Saturday morning a group of musicians gather on the courthouse lawn for a little pickin'. My uncle is the one playing the big bass. They play a range of country and bluegrass music.
One evening we went to eat at Rooster's home of the Hell Burger, a burger doused in ghost pepper sauce. (Only the hottest chili in the world, as recognized by Guinness Book of World Records. According to the Scoville scale of pepper pungency, the ghost pepper (aka India’s Bhut Jolokia chili pepper), is 300 times hotter than a jalapeno and 10 times hotter than a habenero). I wanted to survive the weekend so skipped the blazing burger. The mash up of neon and cheezy decorator touches gave me plenty to sketch.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Hey gang! Just checking in to let you know that still alive! I'm sorry that I haven't posted anything lately to USK Tx...I haven't been doing much USK-worthy location sketching lately...I have found myself in a season of watercolor painting. I'm very intrigued by the medium and have dedicated myself to getting better! This hasn't left much time for my other love...location sketching in its pure form! So....be patient with me...I'm still around! I'm dabbling with some "plein aire" watercolor stuff right now that would qualify under our manifesto...stay tuned! Loving seeing everyone's stuff! Keep up the good work!