Though immensely more challenging this time around for October’s outting with Austin’s Urban Sketchers chapter (heat indexes near 100 – hopefully a forerunner to an expected cool front; traffic challenges due to Austin City Limits festival), and, not particularly enamored with my resultant efforts this time around —
— it was so good to talk with other artists! Be out among so many folks and families, and, “try” my 2nd time out painting plein air since (I think) the early 2000s!
Plus I got to see some truly brilliantly executed work, done on the spot, beautiful as can be!
That’s both humbling & encouraging! ❤️
Pease Park, a rambling renovated (if that’s the right word) urban park Sheila & I’ve driven by for decades, but never visited, it being north of the river, traffic being what it is here in Austin, I’d no idea it’d been upgraded and made into such a great family orientated green area – https://www.google.com/search?q=pease+park+austin & https://austinparks.org/pease-district-park/ .
‘Course I’d never been down to Barton Creek Greenbelt either til we moved right beside it, lol!
So yes, Austin has a lot to gripe about, but it also does have “a lot” of urban parks (just good luck getting to them, lol!) 😊
Still, that’s another good thing ’bout now being part of Urban Sketchers, getting me up and outta the apt and into the nature spots around us – plus paint!
And there’s something very nice ’bout being able to turn to someone nearby and ask, “How do you manage to carry your water to clean your brushes?” – and – have them show you how like if you’d asked how to tell your right from your left hand and not blinked an eye….☺️
Here’s some basic info about Austin’s Urban Sketchers group I had on my 1st post ’bout my 1st outing with them —
- There’s an online signup via Meetup – https://www.meetup.com/UrbanSketchers_Austin/ .
- And there’s also the Facebook page, which has the ongoing pics and news of outings here in Austin – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1079812898761611 .
- Plus, even though I rarely go there, Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/uskaustin/ ( hashtag #uskaustin )
Here’s some takeaways for me about my sketch at today’s Austin Urban Sketcher’s outing
- Leave earlier if traffic or other unknowns are an issue (like finding the location)
- experiment if I like, but don’t totally abandon what I like doing
- marvel at distinctly different styles without feeling I need to be able to do that also
- don’t forget my waterproof drawing pens next time (charcoal pencil’s nice, but doesn’t keep its lines with washes of colors)
- and, remember how nice it feels to breathe outside air same time I’m painting ❤️
Some days are so full that bursting isn’t even considered a problem, there’ll just be more of you out there enjoying, lol! Stay active everyone, enjoy! ♥️
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