Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Painting on location-Wayside Elevator-Wayside, Texas

Forgive me!  Not exactly "Urban"!

At the PowWow

I know my relatives always laugh their heads off when I talk about "cold" in Texas, but Saturday was overcast and gray and damp and cold. Four people showed up at Trader's Village outside Houston to sketch the pow wow and festivities. I had never attended a pow wow so this was all new to me.

I've been trying to do more gesture drawings and quick drawings of people without resorting to using  "icons"....in other words honing my skills at quick but accurate impressions. There were some colorful subjects to work with, but the dancing was so fast and furious that even Judith had a hard time getting things on paper. I settled for people on the sidelines watching or waiting to go on. The figure on the left had long beautiful wavy hair, but it wasn't until he turned around that I realized that it was a young guy. The center figure had real buffalo horns and fur on that hat. He was a fabulous dancer. The woman on the right had a burn-your-eyeballs-out colorful costume.

I got very cold quickly sitting in the bleachers so I caught up with Judith in the lunch area, grabbed some lunch and headed for someplace warm.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Down on the coast....

I spent a few days in Rockport, TX down on the gulf coast last weekend and was able to produce a couple of watercolors on location...so fun!!!!

"Fulton Mansion"

"Miss Ashlynn"

Friday, November 7, 2014

USK Houston upcoming Nov. 15 sketch crawl

We will meet Sat. Nov. 15 at the Native American Pow Wow Championship at Traders Village in west Houston. The Pow Wow has colorful tribal dance contests, an arts & crafts show, tipis, honoring ceremonies, drum circles, singing and much more. Free event, parking $3. There are food vendors on site. Maps and info: http://tradersvillage.com/houston/events/25th-annual-native-american-championship-pow-wow.
Meeting point: the Tipi Village at 10:30, if you arrive later we'll meet up again at 11:30 before the Grand Entry. Lunch break at 1:15. I am not sure where the Native Am food booth is but meet there at 1:15, it will be in the Pow Wow area. See the map, Traders Village covers a large area.  From the Eldridge Entrance go to the far side

to find the PowWow it will be at the outdoor arena.
Go to our Urban Sketchers Texas Facebook page and let us know if you will be joining us. 
More info:
All dance competitions will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Special morning entertainment, featuring Terry Tsotigh playing his flute and harmonica, will start at 11:30 a.m. each day with Grand Entry at 12:00 noon.

Artists, craftsmen and traders from all over the country will showcase their wares and talents at the arts & crafts show and sale under the giant Expo. The arts & crafts sale will be open from 10:00 a.m. to sundown each day.  

The Indian food booth will serve authentic Native American foods all weekend long. Everyone, spectators and competitors alike, can enjoy authentic Native American fry bread, Indian tacos and more. Visitors are invited to enjoy a true-to-life experience of days gone by as they wander through the tipi village which provides a close-up look at life with this age-old form of portable shelter.