The evolution of a very bad Urban Sketch!

This was most of our sketchcrawl today at the West Bottoms. Perfect weather, free parking and I understand excellent food truck tacos and lemonade!

This is the original sketch (above). My problem began when my two ladies left the table. I started with them knowing they were not staying there very long. Too much shopping to do! Then when I continued adding to the right of them I totally lost my sense of perspective. And I was talking! 

I tore out the page, something I rarely do. But the perspective was SO FAR off, I couldn’t stand it in my journal. I will actually tape it back it so it flips up to show the revision. I added people and moved the buildings back. Note I am eye level. The heads should all be about on the same plane. The bodies get shorter as they recede in the distance. Note to self, always draw in the eye level FIRST to avoid these problems! 

I need to darken the value of the building casting the shadow. Also add a person  and connect the areas to both sides of the pole in the table. Going from imagination here. 

Added another person. I had to lift paint, which is never good for a watercolor. But, it’s already a project for corrections, so I’m going for it. I’ve worked it to death. Done. Stick a fork in it! Hopefully a lesson learned! Now compare this to the original one below. You would tear out the page too!

Planning for June 4th USkKC sketch crawl

I drove all over the West Bottoms today in search for the old Weatherspoon Restaurant. I finally stopped and asked where it was. To my disappointment it closed 6 months ago. No wonder I couldn’t find it. I was by the building but all the signage was gone.

While in the area I had to stop and sketch of course. It’s such a great area to find bridges and architecture in the true sense of URBAN. This will be the area we will meet June 3rd. Food trucks will be here for lunch. I’m sure parking will be in demand, but with patience I know everyone can find a spot!


Incomplete, but I love the flower box!

I just had to touch up both sketches.

Augusta Plein Air

APA is wrapped up for another spring event. It’s a reunion of sorts. I get to see artists I may only paint with once a year. The event committee become friends, as well as people in the community and business owners. It’s always a delight to be part of their world for a couple of weeks. 

We had some sunny days and a fair share of spring storms with lots of rain. Most artists come prepared for weather varieties! Painting with watercolors can prove to be a challenge though. I watched Steve Easterwood stand in the pouring rain and complete an oil painting. He then dumped the water out of his easel and packed up. Shook the rain off his painting and smiled at me as I shot a video of him. Plein Air painting is not for sissies! 

Here are sketches and paintings of my week in Augusta. I had 8 paintings on display for the final sale.

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