Thursday, September 23, 2010

"unofficial" SketchCrawl

What better way to enjoy the official "talk like a pirate day" than to attend an "unofficial" SketchCrawl outing. We had 8 artists (plus one additional that came to the location but didn't find the group) this time! Wow!! That was the largest attended crawl yet. I loved it! We started in Kathrin Albertsons Park again, then headed over to Hyde Park Street Fair. It was perfect weather and I had a grand time seeing everyone's various sketching styles. I really should have added some humor to the sketch... like the duck with an eye patch as Barry suggested. ;) next time for sure!


Sunday, August 1, 2010

July 31 ~ SketchCrawl

It has been a busy summer for everyone...lot of full schedules... Soooo, I went out solo this morning. I was so glad I did too! Drew in a spot that I have never drawn before. Cathryn Alberstons Park is full of inspiration. But what really caught my artist eye were the lilies in bloom on the ponds...I spent the entire 2 hours in one spot, soaking in the sights... watched how the light changed the colors of the lily pads, and how quickly the flowers opened up to the sun. To top it all off, I came face to face with a young doe deer. She wasn't frightened of me and continued to graze about 15 feet from me.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

May 15th ~ Boise SketchCrawl

It has taken awhile for me to scan and upload the last SketchCrawl... no other excuses other than June was a very full month. :) We met at the Boise Train Depot, then went to Roosters on Vista for lunch. My "sketching" continued into the evening when I attended a good friend's college graduation party.

I'm really looking forward to July 31st for the 3rd SketchCrawl of 2010. We plan on meeting at Kathrine Alberstons park.

Monday, April 26, 2010


two left over drawings from the same day, but after the sketchcrawl event in Feb ... so technically I guess it would still count as part of the sketchcrawl.

Next Boise SketchCrawl ~ Saturday, May 15th

The next international SketchCrawl in on May 15th!!!

The Boise group is planning on meeting at 10am by the Train Depot (top of the Vista/Capitol hill)  just look for the folks with the sketchbooks in hand.
Join us for an hour of sketching or the whole afternoon, it's up to you and your schedule. Bring your friends, bring your peers, bring you sketchbook.... a little portable chair makes life more comfortable too.

Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new friends.

Monday, March 22, 2010

kitty, where did your head go?

Sketch from our lunch at BitterCreek Ale House. No matter where I sat at the table the cat's head was missing... sorry kitty. ;)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Corintian Column

View of an exterior column from the second floor of the Statehouse (looking south). This is the 'more ornate' Corintian column - Doric and Ionic columns are also used in the building. The acanthus leaves adorning the top were so busy and challenging to draw so I had to improvise!

American Elm Pots

I was honored when Lisa invited me to the first-ever Boise Sketch Crawl! Sketching in public was intimidating - at first - but soon I was able to rid myself of my shyness and start the ink flowing! We visited our newly renovated Capitol building. These wooden pots were made by Boise artists from the salvaged wood of the trees removed from the grounds (as told in Lisa's 'A Tale of Trees'). I loved their smooth lines and satiny sheen...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Tale of Trees

A bit of history, and the reason I was so intrigued by these wooden busts.

It all began in 1887 with the completion of the Territorial Capitol. Aroung the perimeter of the bulding Ash an dElm were planted. In 1891 President Benjamin Harrison visited Idaho and planted a Water Oak tree in front of the Southwest corner of the building. In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt visited Idaho and planted a Rock Sugar Maple tree next to the Water Oak tree. In 1911 President William Howard Taft visited an dplanted an Ohio Buckeye tree next to the Rock Sugar Maple tree. In order to complete the current Capitol Building, the original Territorial Capitol Building was removed.

These trees graced the Capitol grounds for 120 years. In 2006 a decision was made to remodel the current Capitol Building and add new underground wings. This being the case, the trees would have to be removed. Representative Max C. Black, with the help of many other volunteers, salvaged the trees and distributed the wood to Idaho artisans. these artisans were able to diip a piece of the wood for themselves, in turn they were asked to make an item to be donated back to the Capitol building. As you walk through the Capitol you will see the amazing abilities of the Idaho wood artisans who took part in the wonderful project.

Monday, March 8, 2010

2010 Brings with it a new Era of SketchCrawlers to the Boise Area

Feb. 27th marked the first SketchCrawl Boise has seen in many years. I have wanted to participate in an International SketchCrawl for many years. This year I decided to start a Boise group. My hope is to see  artists from multiple disciplines come together on a specific day each season and bond. I want to see painters, printmakers, graphic designers, illustrators, sculptors and photographers all documenting the world around them in their own unique ways. I want to feel the collective energy from all these like minded souls.

Feb. 27th 2010 began with 3 artists meeting up at the newly remodeled State Capitol House. We explored, learned some of our city's history, and sketched....



I have more sketches I will post soon of the sculptures carved from the trees that were planted by our past presidents. As well as sketches from our lunchbreak.

I am looking forward to May 15th the date of our 2nd Boise SketchCrawl!