Month: October 2017

Fall is Here!

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A couple weeks ago I went to Stillwater to sketch with Urban Sketchers. The streets were jam-packed with tourists for the Harvest Festival and I had no where to park to meet up with them. I drove uphill, thinking I could park and walk, but ended up far away from the meeting spot. I found a quiet residential area and noticed this house not far from my car. I pulled up to a side street and parked, facing it, and did this sketch. I liked the architecture of this home and the colors of greens, yellows, and oranges. Later, I drove past it and noticed it was the William Sauntry Mansion, a B and B. Boy, that would have been fun to stay in!

In keeping with the fall theme, I went last week to a local preserve and sat on a rock at the edge of the parking lot. The wind was blowing all the trees around me, and they cascaded down around my head into the parking lot. I sketched these birches— swaying back and forth, yellow leaves brilliant agains the bright blue sky.

Birches

No doubt, we are in the clutches of fall! And there are signs all around us!

Ace is the Place!

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Yesterday I started an Urban Sketching Class at Wet Paint in St. Paul on Grand Avenue. Our instructor, Cris, is wonderful! We learned about supplies and papers, and worked on watercolor exercises with various washes. After that, we went out the door and across the street and set up. I noticed the displays of pumpkins outside Ace Hardware before I even went to class. I liked their shapes and colors set against the brick of the store. When we had to choose something to sketch, I knew I’d choose this scene. It was chilly and cold, and despite a hat and gloves the wind still got through my jeans. As I painted, I kept dropping my brushes due to their slippery surface. One guy reached down to help me pick it up! After an hour, we were ready to go in, and I had this fun sketch! I can’t wait to see what we sketch next week!