Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Good Morning Sunshine!

Chicago: After all the rain and unseasonable cold at last the flowers and I could enjoy the sun coming up on the deck. Ah!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sketching Around Downtown Chicago

I never get over how many wonderful views this city offers. From the soaring architecture, the lakefront, to the green-garden escapes tucked in every corner. I grab my sketchbook (moleskin), pencils, and travel watercolor set whenever I can fit it in my bag. Here are a few recent sketches from around town.

Looking North in Millennium Park from the great lawn infront of the stage. June 10th
Summer nights in Chicago mean free concerts and movies in Millennium Park. I staked out my patch of lawn early for the concert this past Monday night, and sketched out a quick look at the architecture behind the stage.

View South from my 10th floor patio - May 26th
Sometimes a quick sketch can be done at home - over a recent weekend I found time to sketch on my deck which offers great views of the varied south loop architecture.
Lighthouse off Navy Pier - May 20th 2013
This sketch was done on the end of Navy Pier on a bright sunny day spent on the lakefront. I tried to catch the ever-changing shades of the water and the puffy clouds as they sped by.

Chicago's Secret Garden

Lincoln Park: The Monday sketch group and several USk Chicago members met at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. The park, a.k.a. Lily Pond Park, is a hidden gem. We've been sketching there annually for the last four years and it never disappoints.