Urban Sketching has been around forever, but now it is a recognized art form. Formerly known as a “thumb nail sketch” or stretching it a bit, a paste up.
Many weeks ago now, Anne E. Hochtor put a little blurb on FB, was there any interest in drawing together on location. Meet at Common Ground Cafe at such and such a time. It was a bleak day. Carl was there, I came, then Anne. She approached Carl. I did not know her. Thus was born the Lake Worth Beach Urban Sketchers. At the very first meet-up 12 artists showed up.
As the weeks progresses I realized I’ve done this before. Now it has a name. I drew in a small notebook, every time I went to the hospital w my husband. Got so good on the 25 min train ride that I was able to do all the passengers in our car. Where as at the beginning I was lucky to sketch one person. Even sketched patients sitting across from us in the waiting rooms.
How was it that I became the Poster Artist, and got the key to Miami Beach. I was sketching the newly built Life Guard stands that became the iconic symbol of South Beach. ( see sketch above dated 2006 ) yes there is more of a back story. Artists draw things they like and later in the studio develops an idea. Since then, many artist have done their variation of these very same Life Guard Stands.
Check with any artist worth their salt. They have a sketchbook. At the outset of art school they are required to keep one. I have many spanning years. They not only hold drawings but notes, contact phone #, a myriad of thoughts, dates, shamefully not dedicated strictly to art but all relating to art. Our ideas can go wild as no one really sees our humble efforts.
Carl has taken on the task of doing the media, sends out notifications as to next location. Usually 2 per week and with his busy schedule, he also teaches this art form at Mounds Botanical Gardens for those who are interested. Anne does the scouting. I must thank both for opening this door.
Ck in on Face Book, think you would enjoy drawing. You are not required to be an artist. Just enjoy the company the outdoors and similar interests. Takes very few tools. Anyone can do this. Find help on you tube under sketching. Sign up for virtual instructions. Once upon a time only photographers had the tools and skill now with I Phones everyone who tries can do. Such it is with urban sketching. Find a group to join. If your in Palm Beach area join this one.