Madrid, May 6th 2017

The excursion to Madrid is Saturday, the 6th of May.  If you would like to attend but haven’t signed up, please take the time to go to the blog and fill out the sign-up form.  If you don’t see a sign up form, you can just email me and I’ll add you to the list.  I’m new ant this and haven’t figured out the sign up yet.




Calendar of Sketchouts for Remainder of 2017

May 6.  Madrid, New Mexico

May 27,  Rio Grande Nature Center 2901 Candelaria Road, NW, Albuquerque

June 17,  Santa Fe Plaza….we will meet by the Band Stand

July 8,  UNM Campus.   We will meet  by Popejoy Hall 

July 29, Open Space Visitors Center, Coors Blvd

August 19, Unser Racing Museum, 1776 Montano Rd. NW (I still have to check to see if they will allow us to sketch

September 9,  Rancho de las Golandrinas

Sunday, September 30,  Railyard Grower’s Market, Albuquerque

October 21, Albuquerque Botanical Garden

November 11, Albuquerque Railroad Station, 320 1st Street, Albuquerque

December 2.  To be determined

Leadership is always interested in suggestions for venues to sketch.   We are also looking into occasional events during the week.

Thursdays in Santa Fe

Starting Thursday, April 27, the early morning sketchers will be meeting at Guadalupe Fun Rubber Stamps at 114 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe.  We gather at 8:00 AM and promptly head to wherever we decide to sketch.  If you are late, we will leave a note as to where you can find us.   Hope to see some of you there

Saturday at the Zoo

Yesterday, a beautiful spring day at the Albuquerque Zoo where 18 of us gathered to sketch.  We welcomed new members Jane Marceau, Zeke Browning, and Karen Pittman.  Also joining us from the Chicago Urban Sketchers was Shelley Rees.

Our next sketch-out is on May 6th in Madrid.  Please check the posting for details.  Thank you to Jay Leutwyler for stepping up to help with the blog.

I would love to post pictures BUT WordPress isn’t allowing me to.  I’ve tried at least 9 times throughout the past 24 hours to post picture obviously without luck. If someone has a solution please email me at

Old Town Albuquerque

Twenty one of us showed up at the Old Town Plaza on Saturday.  The weather nicely cooperated as it wasn’t too chilly, no wind and by noon, it was really warm.

Just received sad news…Norval Anderson has left our group.  He leaves a huge gap in that he was my back-up.  I really NEED someone to step up to help me run the group.  If you are interested, please contact me via my email:     We will greatly miss Norval – his quiet presence and wonderful work.  Thank you so much Norval for all the help you have provided this group.


Show at Tortuga Gallery

Our own Margy O’Brien is one of 12 artists exhibiting in a juried show at the TORTUGA GALLERY, 901 EDITH BLVD SE, ALBUQUERQUE. This show opened on March 3 and will run through the end of the month.  Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-5 PM  or by appointment..505-506-0820


Sketching at Cottonwood Mall

The architecture and people visiting Cottonwood Mall provided quite the challenge for the ten of us who showed up to sketch this past Saturday.   Who knew that there were so many angles, curves, lines to capture.  And there were people…who chose to change their position about the time one wanted to start sketching.  Ah, such is the life of an Urban Sketcher.

We learned that there were different approaches to capture a scene:  Juliana likes to starts in the lower left hand corner of her sketchbook and works out, adding detail as she goes along.  Chuck uses a grid to provide some boundary for his detailed sketches and Jessica chooses a center focal point and builds her sketch from there.

It is always great fun to see what catches the eye and all of our different styles.  Here’s what we did: