Santa Fe Railyard

Howdy Sketchers,

Santa Fe is still on but do keep an eye on the temps. It is currently predicted to be sunny and 64 degrees this coming Saturday so for most of us dressing a bit warmer will be on the menu. Some restaurants and Sports bars like Boxcar open at 11:30 while others such as Cafe Fresh open at 8:00 a. m. if you are feeling a little chill. Barbra says there is underground parking near REI if you can not find a spot. Remember we meet at the end of the Railroad tracks for photos at noon.

Also there is an event coming up this Sunday, Oct 17th, if you haven’t heard. Urban Sketchers is hosting a world wide 24 hour sketching event that will be broadcast live thru several time zones. Should be fun to see what other folks are up to. To join the event just go to UrbanSketchers.org and there is a link tagged “Sketch Together” with event details on times you may want to view and how to sign in for the event. If you fallow USK on Instagram I believe you can sign in thru that portal as well.

As always you can email your thoughts to spaderart@gmail.com. Thanks to Barbra for the parking info and we look forward to seeing you all in Santa Fe this Saturday.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

Santa Fe Railyard

Howdy Sketchers,

Our visit to the Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque went well. The weather cooperated and we had some more new folks. Some Sketchers decided to sketch from the covered pick nick tables and others hiked to the top to sketch. As usual the photos of all these wonderful sketches will show up at the end of this post.

The Santa Fe Railyard will be the site of our next image making experience. We will meet at the old rail station building, which is the last northern stop on the Rail Runner line. The meeting starts Saturday the 16th of October at 10:00 a. m. and back to the same spot for photos at twelve noon. In case of foul weather there are a few restaurants and Breweries we can flee to. Be sure to park in a spot you will not get towed and it is advisable to take an extra layer as Santa Fe temperatures are usually a little cooler then Albuquerque.

The time to start creating our 2022 schedule will be coming up pretty soon so make a suggestion of your favorite spot and well we will see what can be done. Please send your thoughts and suggestions to spaderart@gmail.com.

Again welcome to all the new folks and of course we hope to see everyone in Santa Fe on Saturday the 16th of October.

Stay safe, stay happy, and keep sketching.

Spader

Petroglyph National Monument

Howdy Sketchers,

Just a little reminder: tomorrow, Saturday September 18, 2021 we meet at 10:00 a.m. Boca Negra Canyon trailhead is the spot and remember Boca Negra is 2and 1/2 miles north of the visitor’s Center. The weather looks good so sun screen, water, hat and something to sit on are recommended. Masks are required indoors or in crowded area as this is a National Park. Sorry pets are allowed in Petroglyph National Monument but not at Boca Negra. If by chance you sketch one of the other trails please send your photos promptly to spaderart@gmail.com

Hope to see you all there.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

Petroglyphs

Howdy Sketchers,

What a perfect day it was for sketching at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. The weather was a little warm but not warm enough to prevent several sketchers from enjoying the many outdoor exhibits. We had quite a few sketchers show up and would like to extend a warm welcome to the new sketchers that were in attendance. There will be photos of our sketches at the end of the post as usual. I have included a couple sketches from regular members that were unable to attend.

Petroglyph National Monument will be the site of our September 18th outing. We will meet at the Boca Negra Canyon Trailhead. There are restrooms there along with parking and shelters. Boca Negra is 2 1/2 miles north of the visitor’s center so if you would like to pick up a map at the VC you may want to be a little early. Sunscreen, hats and a water bottle are advised also please see the mask requirements on the Petroglyph National Monuments site. Oh yes, there are snake warning signs and there is a $2.00 parking fee, admittance is free.

A special thanks to Jay for making the “People Alive!” sketching workshop happen in Santa Fe this October 2. For info on the event contact Jay or myself. As always send your questions and comments to spaderart@gmail.com.

We will be sure to have the stamp at the next outing so bring your sketches and get them stamped up. Enjoy the photos and we hope to see you all at the Petroglyphs.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

National Museum of Nuclear Science

Howdy Sketchers

Though things concerning Covid are changing we are still scheduled to meet this Saturday morning ( tomorrow ) at the National Museum of Nuclear Science on south Eubank in Albuquerque. The meet will start at 10:00 A.M. as usual. The price for Adults ( in state ) is $11.00 with discounts for children and seniors. It may be worth investigating Groupon if you are in touch with other folks that will be attending, as I understand they currently have some kind of deal for groups of four museum attendees.

PROPERLY WORN MASKS ARE REQUIRED and we hope to see you all there.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

Urban Sketching Workshop in Santa Fe

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/people-alive-santa-fe-tickets-167794970273People Alive! (Santa Fe)eventbrite.com

Here’s a great opportunity to participate in an Urban Sketching Workshop with Suhita Shirodkar in Santa Fe. Click the link above to sign up. The workshop is limited to 15 people. Urban Sketchers in Albuquerque and Santa Fe get the first chance to participate in this exciting people sketching adventure.

Learn to sketch people, markets & action on location in this urban sketching workshop by Suhita

About this event:

This workshop is designed to help you draw sketches with people full of life, capture the action of the market and build interesting compositions on location. 

There’s something for everyone, whether you are afraid to draw people, looking for a fresh way to see and draw, or if you are someone who loves the idea of drawing in a market but is intimidated by the action.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE

Howdy Sketchers,

Well Sandia Crest was an experience. At about 11:30 a.m. the weather became a little bit of a problem and by 12:15 there was no going outside. Before noon we were all safely ensconced in the Sandia Crest House Gift Shop where hot chocolate, lattes and lunches were available. It rained and rained outside while we finished our sketches and caught up with each others lives inside. For those who made it, it was a great time sharing art and conversation with friends. We even had a few new folks show and we hope to see them again. A little after 1:00 p.m. we all escaped, as the rain abated, back to our individual homes some 5000 feet below.

Our next outing is the National Museum of Nuclear Science at 601 Eubank Blvd. SE in Albuquerque. We meet at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday the 21st of August. With the Covid numbers on the rise who can tell what will happen by that weekend so our advice is to bring your mask as the museum follows the CDC guidelines and it looks like those may change.

We appreciate you all, remember art is a journey not a destination. Hope to see you all at the next location.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

Photos below

Sandia Crest

Howdy Sketchers, we have contacted the National Weather Service and their advice is that we will be ok to sketch this morning but that later this afternoon the weather will turn rainy. So we are still GOING. Please do dress warm as there will be a breeze and the temps up there are a bit lower than in Albuquerque.

As always you go at your own risk but we are hopping to see you there.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

Howdy Sketchers,

Wow! Everyone is so happy to be sketching on location again. The Pueblo Cultural Center turned out to be a great location though the majority of us chose to sketch across the street at Starbucks, where there was lots of shade, inside and out.

We are still making adjustments to the schedule as we get things going again. As apposed to the twice a month Zoom meetings we were doing thru the shut down we are currently meeting in person once a month and starting this August the meets will be held on the third Saturday of the month. These posts will start coming out the following weekend. We have been discussing meeting once every three weeks or possibly twice a month. If you would like to put your two cents in regarding the schedule we would love to hear from you. Just drop a line with your thoughts to spaderart@gmail.com. Your participation and comments are appreciated.

Our next in person meeting will be July 24th at Sandia Crest. For those new to the area that is where you drive up the back side of the mountain to where the antennas are, not where the Tram stops. The gift shop and cafe open at 10:30 a.m. but there is a lot we can sketch outside. The restaurant and bar open at 11:00 a.m. if you want to get lunch. We meet at the Gift Shop Entrance at 10:00 a.m. Do keep in mind it is usually much cooler at 10,00 feet. Donna is currently working on putting together a schedule and as we settle into a routine once again we will update the website.

It was great to see so many folks out for a sketching date, hope to see you all up on Sandia Crest. Please continue to allow others the right to their own air space and if you have not gotten a jab in the arm yet we appreciate your wearing a mask.

Here are the photos from the Pueblo Cultural Center.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

Let’s Sketch!

Howdy Sketchers, our next sketch-out will be this Saturday the 26th of June. As usual it will start at 10:00 a.m. We are going to meet at the Starbucks, 2400 12th St., across from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Some of us may choose to sketch in the Starbucks or the buildings around it and Donna has checked with the Cultural center, there will be one of their dances at 11:00 if you prefer to sketch there. We will photo the sketches at Starbucks or you can email a photo of your work to spaderart@gmail.com.

Please be sure to maintain 6 feet, respect each others air space and do bring a mask as some places do still ask that we wear them. Hope to see you all there.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader