Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hall of Waters

I went on my first sketch crawl today. It's the one organized by Kate Johnson in Excelsior Springs, MO. I'm one lucky pup to only be 90 miles from real sketchers and water color artists that do crawls and let hacks like me tag along. We had quiet sketching time in the early afternoon hours. It's neat to be with people that understand these things can't be hurried. The Halls of Water has a neat long tall room full of glass designed to bring in the sun, with a (former) water bar area that now sells bottled water and misc. goods, and a free history lesson if you ask. Then a jaunt over to a local restaurant to talk things over and eat a bite. A person could get used to this.

18 comments:

Cecelia said...

Sounds like you had a really nice Crawl, and a great place to work! I've been doing these for over a year now and really look forward to the day. We don't have a group, though.
Happy sketching!

E*phi said...

Sounds really nice! Beautiful watercolor work, too! It's great to have a group to meet and be creative with. "Artsy" support is worth so much!

Anonymous said...

well, I just lost my comment--here goes again---I am extremely jealous of your venture as there's not that inviro around here. You did some wonderful sketches and commentary..sign me Greeneyed Fan

ejmordasky said...

sorry to notleave my name in the annonymous comment above--I thought it would be there--so here's another comment....what you chose to sketch is delightful and I look forward to seeing more of your 'crawlings' Winnallant

winna said...

I promise, this is the last comment....can't seem to send one that does not have some errors--got a question anyway---what was the weather like and was the food good? winna

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

John, we were DELIGHTED to have you, and you are NOT a hack! We did have a lot of fun, though, didn't we!? It would have been nice to sketch a bit more at Ventana, but we were a bit crowded. Should have gotten a picture of us all there too!

raena said...

Oh, what fun you must have had, and with Kate, too!! Wonderful results!

Scrappy Cat said...

Oh - lucky you! I'm quite a bit farther away than that, but I'd love to come up sometime. Sounds like such fun. Nice sketches too!

john.p said...

Winna - The weather was clear and sunny yet still frozen. Inside the sun room was toasty. The Ventana is a nicely restored old building (high ceiling, squeaky wood floor) for nice atmosphere, good coffee and everyone's food was great.

Barbara said...

How fun! And a great spread too! - BB

quirkyartist said...

Great sketching. Lucky you to sketch with Kate. Nevertheless I was with Alissa and Borromini Bear and we had a great time too.

Ramona Davidson said...

Thanks for sharing your sketch crawl trip and art. Good work.

Dan Kent said...

Sounds wonderful! I love your sketch of the chandelier too.

nanke's stuff said...

I've never been on a sketch crawl, but you make it come to life and sound like so much fun! Fine work, as usual. nancy

Sandy said...

LOVE this spread, the light the interesting subjects, the history, I Would Love to Be There - I am green with envy!

phthaloblu said...

You did a great job sketching that chandelier. Love the detail you put it in. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and you got some great sketches out of it.

Dabs said...

What a luicky pup you are to be able to go on a sketch crawl with Kate and the gang! Your sketches are interesting... love the colors and your style of journaling. Looking forward to seeing more from you John!

Maureen said...

Sounds like you had a great time! I was kind of shocked when you wrote that this was your first sketchcrawl, because I would have figured that you've gone to lots of them. Great sketches, as usual. Hope you go on lots more.