Today is the 5th anniversary of the first time I went to an Urban Sketchers sketch outing.
On 2/26/12 I joined the group at an outing at the Stimson-Green Mansion.
I didn’t do any urban sketching today but I did go to Social Watercolor at Daniel Smith. And I painted a sketch of an urban sketcher friend! I drew from my own photo and it almost looks like her….
I had just retired a few months before discovering Urban Sketchers. I knew instantly that was something I wanted to do. It’s been a wonderful experience that has added fun, purpose and meaning to my retirement. I’ve made new friends. I’ve gained new skills. I’ve been to new and interesting places.
By way of a comparison, here is one of the sketches I did on that first sketch outing. It was done with watercolor pencils. I didn’t have any actual watercolors but I’d taken a class about colored pencils so brought them along. I drew constantly in my youth but had not put pencil to paper to draw in about 40 years.
This is one from a recent outing to the same location.