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On March 26, 2006, This blog was born.

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>SketchCrawl Tucson

>Tucson SketchCrawlers, March 2008!It was a great day for a sketchcrawl in downtown Tucson! The weather was gorgeous (sunny 83degrees.) and there was an event happening over at the Tucson Museum of Art.

We met and ordered up some lattes to fuel our sketchcrawling. I started off the morning with some grid work to loosen up and not worry about a full page sketch (even if it is only a pocket wc Moleskine sketchbook.) *click on sketch to enlarge.**

I wandered down Franklin street as I had driven down it a day or so ago and wanted to come back and sketch. I was glad I did….

I also got to pet a kitty while sketching this house. She didn’t want to be sketched, however. While I was sketching the sketch above and the one below, many people passed by me. Some were considerate and moved quickly passed me, while saying hello. But there were quite a few that did not say anything. Just walked on past.

I stopped at the Old Town Artisans courtyard to use their facilities and wait for Julie to join me. I sketched this man dressed in Aztec garb. Unfortunately I did not note the colors and I painted this later.

Julie and I walked over to Viente de Agosto Park and I sketched this statue. It’s of General Francisco Villa. Oh, and if you’re wondering the significance of the park’s name [August 20th park] it’s the day marking the founding of Tucson in 1775.

We all met up for lunch and showed off the morning’s sketches. I am REALLY impressed with the ladies that were out sketching. HOLY MOLY! They can sketch! You should go on over to the sketchcrawl.com forum and click on Tucson results to see the great sketches made today.
After lunch I headed over to La Placita area. I sketched a bit of the St. Agustine’s church that I could see from my shaded vantage point.

And then this frond-less palm just begged to be sketched. It’s lonely being frondless amongst others with fronds.

Still in the same place, I was attracted to this bus (I’m a hippie at heart, you know that about me, right?) and worked on the details around it. Shew! This was a hard sketch. I had to squint to try and see some detail…and I realized that I NEED to review perspective whether i WANT to or not!

My bum asleep, I packed up my stool {a tripod stool I found at the dollar store for the bargain price of one dolla! } and got the blood flowing again. I sat in the sun to get a close up sketch of this prickly pear cactus. I started sketching faster…It’s HOT in the sun! I was off to find some shade and something to sketch.

I wandered through La Placita but nothing struck my fancy, so I headed through the Hotel Arizona (facilities check) and then over to the Museum of Art. I checked out some of the exhibits that sketchcrawlers had sketched this morning and then headed out to the “beer garden” of the Artisans festival. There was a stage and lively music. Perfect for people sketches.

As I sketched Dale Clark on stage, the man sitting next to me kept watching me. This was slightly embarrassing as I gave Dale some chicken legs…clearly this was not turning out to be the best sketch of the day. But the man used to sketch he said. So I gave him a sketchcrawl sticker (that I had printed out from Enrico’s logo) and told him to check it out. He said his brother is more into sketching but he would enjoy learning about it.

Time for one last sketch…I wanted to sketch “A” Mountain….a symbol seen all around downtown Tucson from different angles. I finally found one I could see from a shaded view, with the added bonus of the weird donut shaped “art” installation…that is maybe lit up at night, powered by solar