Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Hello Out There!

Barbara Weeks here-
I've been sketching and drawing ever since I can remember (Thank you Dad!). Being part of the Urban Sketchers' network is a great experience for me. I find inspiration in the work of my fellow sketchers as well as motivation to sketch more. Drawing regularly on location helps me see the marvelous daily beauty that exists all around us whether it's in a chaotic city panorama or the little detail in a single leaf.

Thumbing through old sketchbooks, trying to decide on my first image to post here, I came across this sketch done quite a while back. It's of a pocket park just south of the main entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago on Michigan Avenue. It seemed a good example of "showing the world one drawing at a time",  showing those little gems that sometimes I hardly even see until I sit down to draw.

And this is me. I chose it because I sketch so often while waiting…

I hope you'll join Urban Sketchers Chicago often in discovering our world!


  1. Great sketch as always! And a clever self portrait!

  2. Congratulations on the city blog opening of Urban Sketchers - Chicago!
    Looking forward to seeing more!

  3. Thank you so much for starting the Chicago chapter! I have been waiting for three years! I am not a professional artist, but I like to draw. Please let me know if you want more people to join the group, and please organize on location drawings so I can learn from other artists.


    1. Greetings, Jin! So glad you found us! We do have on location sketch-meets. Every 3rd Sunday of the month. Hop over to Facebook and join our USk Chicago group there: events, sketch-meets, sketchcrawls, sharing of sketches and more. We just started this blog, but our FB group is live for some time. Our next sketch-meet is on August 19.

  4. Congratulations on the new blog! I love your sketch and your blog post, Barbara!

    Mary Lanigan Russo


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