Cartier and Wooden Beams

A few more sketches I’d like to share from Doors Open Minneapolis are as follows. Our next stop was JB Hudson Jewelers, where I chose a view outside the store looking in. You can read more on my sketch (below) about this beautiful jewelry store, which opened in 1885.


A stop in the IDS Center, Crystal court, was next. This skyscraper was completed in 1972 and is the tallest building in Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota. A huge atrium had seating and a water feature dripping from stories above. I chose to sketch people instead of architecture, which gave me a chance to breathe, after a busy couple hours of walking and sketching.


A third sketch was at Butler Square, which used to be a huge warehouse. Now it houses many offices and has beautiful open spaces, wooden beams, sculptures, and furnishings. I chose to sit in the hallway and sketch an office, while also incorporating another sketcher into my drawing.


All sketches were with Faber-Castill Pitt pen and I did the watercolors after I got back home. I also went to the Kickernick building, which was lovely and modern. It was a great day to learn more about Minneapolis through sketching!

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