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

Howdy Sketchers,

Another great morning of on location sketching. Tiguex Park, on Mountain Road, was the site of another fun morning of sketching. There were a number of us there and we spread out to sketch several spots around the park. We had time and space for both sketching and lots of fun conversation.

Our next outing will be at 10:a.m. on Saturday the 26th of June. Donna is checking availability on some supper locations and we will send out a notice with the location early the week of 21st. Remember when we meet to respect each others air space and if you have not been jabbed yet please continue to wear a mask when around other sketchers.

Our last Zoom, for now, will be on the 19th of this month and to those of you who have been participating in the Zoom meetings we want to say “Thanks for keeping Urban Sketchers alive thru this crazy time”. The Zooms kept it fun and we have come to feel close to the many Zoomers that spent this last year and more together in our homes.

As always if you have questions please email spaderart@gmail.com.

Photos to follow and as usual-

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

Urban Sketching-Live and in Person.

Howdy Sketchers,

We are currently sketching in person on the first Saturday of the month and Zooming on the third Saturday, at least for the month of June. Our next in person meeting will be June 5th at 10:00 a. m. The location is an old favorite, Tiguex Park, near Old Town. We will meet in front of the Albuquerque Museum ( across from the park).

A new schedule will be forthcoming as it looks like everything will open up soon. We are still practicing C-19 safe practices, though for those of us who have had our shots masks are not necessary. It is still important to respect each others air space and not gather in large groups.

Our first in person outing went off without a hitch. A great location, perfect weather and and quite a few sketchers made for a perfect day. Lots of fun and lots of sketches which are displayed below along with a couple sketches from the recent Zoom.

As always if you would like to join the Zoom or just have questions please email spaderart@gmail.com.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

Howdy Sketchers,

Well the time has finally come! We will be going live and in person on May 1, 2021. We are still Zooming for the time being. The next Zoom will be April 17th and there will be no May 1st Zoom. The Zooms start at 10:am and in the future Zooms will only be held on the third Saturday of the month. If you would like to join the Zooms or need more information about joining this Urban Sketchers group please email Spader @ spaderart@gmail.com.

On Saturday May first of 2021 at 10 am we will meet in person once again. It is important that we still wear masks and maintain social distancing also please do not gather in groups and certainly not in groups of ten or more. We will not be going to lunch as a group and instead of grouping up at the end we will come around and photograph your work, where you are, for the next post. Remember some folks may not have been vaccinated yet and some folks are still uneasy about being too close to others so please respect each others right to clean air.

The May 1st “live” meeting will be on the UNM campus at the “Alumni Memorial Chapel”. There should be plenty of parking around and other buildings to sketch. The location can easily be found by typing “UNM Alumni Memorial Chapel” into Google maps. We meet at the usual 10 am and end at 12:01pm. Here are a few photos from our most recent Zoom.

Hope to see you all at one or both events.

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

Sketching along

Howdy Sketchers,

Happily Zooming along and hopping to get out soon. For many of us Zoom has provided a happy alternative to on location sketching. The Zoomer’s have been sketching lately from photographs of specific locations. There are photos of some of our sketches below. This Saturday’s Zoom, “February 6th at 10:am” will be from photos of Madrid, N.M. You are welcome to visit Madrid or if you prefer work from photos and send your sketches to spaderart@gmail.com. We will post them in the next post. Also, if you would like to be included in Saturday’s Zoom send a request to spaderart@gmail.com.

Hope you are all still sketching whatever you can find from your living room, from your car, or on location with safe distancing in place. We are all looking forward to the restrictions and the threat being reduced so we can all meat in person once again.

Enjoy the photos:

Stay safe, stay happy and keep sketching.

Spader

Years End Sketchers,

This is a time to be grateful for friends, family and of course for the many gifts we have. Without question, this has been a strange and trying year. Still we have a great many things to be grateful for and better times are coming. Like a tiny breeze that stirs the leaves, we can just feel a hint of freedom and the sent of fresh air coming our way once again. With it the joys of in person meetings and on location sketching grow closer and closer.

Zooms are still on the first and third Saturday of the month. Our next Zoom meet-up will be Saturday the second of January at 10:00 am. Currently we are sketching a different location every Zoom, using photos or for those who choose to working on location. If you would like to receive the photos for our next location please send a request to spaderart@gmail.com. Also if you are not already on the list and would like to participate in the next Zoom you can send a request to the same email and we will be glad to include you.

A special thanks to all the Zoom participants who by there involvement help keep the dream alive. We look forward to an exciting new year of sketching and friends. Please enjoy a few photos from the recent Zoom.

Stay healthy, stay happy, keep sketching and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and yours.

Spader

Holiday Sketching

Happy Thanksgiving Sketchers,

This week we had a fun Zoom. We sketched similar things from photos taken around the Albuquerque Museum area. That worked pretty well and we had a lot of fun, so much so we passed our normal two hour mark.

Zooms are held the first and third Saturday of each month. Our next one will be held at 10:am Saturday the 5th of December. We will be working from photos once again or folks can drive by and sketch on location at their leisure. We will not be meeting on location but, if you would like to participate the December 5th location is the corner of Hwy. 314 and Main Street in Los Lunas. There are some historic buildings near there like the Luna Mansion and Tiofilos Restaurante. You can drive there on your own, or if you like we will send some photos of the location to work from. For those who prefer to work from home, Zoom or not, Thanksgiving sketches could be fun or things around your home are still an option. You can email spaderart@gmail.com to receive the photos.

Thanks to those who participated and shared the photos below. As always if you would like to be included in the next Zoom, please send a request to spaderart@gmail.com. We will send an invitation to the Zoom and some photos of the location. Use the same email to receive just the photos or to submit a photo of your work for the next post.

We truly hope you are staying safe, staying happy and still sketching. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Spader

Howdy Sketchers,

Though we are not going out these days many of us are having fun Zooming. We have been Zooming for several months now and getting a little board sketching our kitchens. For inspiration a few of us have started participating in Inktober. For those who are not familiar with Jake Parker’s challenge briefly; there is a different prompt for every day of the month of October for you to sketch in ink.

We are still not sketching on location as the Governor has asked us to stay home whenever possible. We would appreciate any and all comments on this subject, you can send your thoughts to spaderart@gmail.com.

Our next Zoom will be Saturday October 17th at 10:am. If you would like to join our Zooms please request an invite by emailing spaderart@gmail.com

We truly hope you are all well and still sketching. Here are a few photos from our last Zoom. If you are sketching and would like to have a sketch posted, snap a photo and send it to the same email.

Spader