I've been so derelict in keeping up with blogging. So, I'm trying to make up for it today with several posts on what I've been up to lately. At the end of last month, I finally made it to an Urban Sketching meet up that was very well attended. I think there were over 80 sketchers at Grace Cathedral due in no small part to the visiting sketchers in attendance, Liz Steel and Jane Blundell!
I have taken Liz's online Sketchbook Skool klass as well as her in-person workshop at the Urban Sketcher's Symposium in Chicago in July - so I was happy and excited to see Liz again. Also, I've scoured Jane's website for her in-depth watercolor knowledge and saw her in Chicago as well at the Symposium. Other bonuses were seeing Suhita Shirodkhar, an urban sketcher from the South Bay, from whom I've also taken a Craftsy online course and an in-person workshop in San Francisco with in the past - and Laurie Wigham , who organizes the San Francisco Urban Sketchers group and got a bunch of us Bay Area sketchers together in Chicago.
We met at Grace Cathedral and sketched for several hours in and around the church. I arrived a bit late due to traffic, so I missed the interior tour and met up with the group in the park across the street. Here are my sketches from the day.
At the end of the meet up, we all displayed our sketches on the nearby bushes. There were so many sketchers, it was hard to see them all!
Probably the best part of the day, though, was meeting a whittled down group of sketchers for an early picnic dinner at Lafayette Park, which had amazing views.
Here are my sketches - I made a conscious effort to try some thumbnail landscapes and also to sketch the sketchers with my brush pen.