Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring at the McGovern Centennial Garden and Other Recent Sketch Outings

I have been remiss in posting and remiss in sketching because I have been consumed with my printmaking activities. However, I did make two sketch outings recently. First I went to the Houston Livestock Show and spent a morning sketching animals. I always enjoy the trip. This is "Dude" was a grand prize winning steer. He had a beautiful creamy coat that a mere pencil sketch would never do justice to. It was almost a palomino-type mottled with brown spots. He is, I'm told, most likely destined to be a lawn ornament on someone's ranch. Good. He is a beautiful animal.

Yesterday was a group sketchout to the McGovern Centennial Garden in Hermann Park. This is the pagoda given to the city by Taipei. It is one a few elements of the old garden that remain. It looks much more attractive in the context of the new garden surrounded by shrubs and pine. The weather was glorious and the garden was full of families exploring this very new space.

Of course there's always one person who sits facing a lovely view on a perfect day and instead stares at their phone.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Ready for some Spring sketching?  Due to circumstances beyond our control, we’ve had to make a change in plans (venue and date) from our previous email blast.  Please join our next Urban Sketchers Texas outing on Saturday, March 28, at Fort Worth’s Earth Party at Magnolia Green, 1201 Lipscomb in the cool SouthSide neighborhood.  We’ll meet at our regular time of 2:30pm at the south side of the green.  There’ll be booths, food and music.  Admission and parking are free.

As usual, we will gather briefly at 2:30, then draw until 4:00, and then gather to share sketchbooks and a group photo.  It ought to be a grand time.  The festival runs from 11am-4pm, so come early and enjoy if you’d like to.

Bring a friend, and if this is your first outing with us, welcome!  A SketchCrawl isn’t a class, workshop or competition.  It's an opportunity for creative people to meet each other, draw together, and share their sketches with each other and online.

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.  A hat and sunscreen are a good idea.
5.  Kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

If you have questions let me know.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Houston Area Sketchers Meet Saturday March 28, 10 a.m.

Houston Area Sketchers Meet Saturday March 28, 10 a.m. across from the Museum of Natural Science and Hermann Park.
In hopes of spring weather we'll meet in Houston at the newly designed Centennial Gardens. Bring your friend, kids and sketch gear and a picnic lunch. Plan to sketch a couple of hours and visit over lunch.
Meet 10 a.m. inside the entry in the seating area facing the big lawn. See photo. If you haven't been to the new Garden you are in for a treat. It replaced the old rose gardens. 
USK Texas Facebook page go to USK TX facebook page and let us know if you are planning to join us