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.

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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:

May 27, Rio Grande Nature Preserve

Rio Grande Nature Preserve, 2901 CANDLARIA ROAD, NW, Albuquerque. We will gather by the parking lot entrance to the preserve at 10 AM.  There is a $3 parking fee.  We will sketch for 2 hours and then share.

This is a lovely setting along the Rio Grande.  There are many trails with viewing areas.  Be prepared to do a little walking and don’t forget to bring your stool.

May 6, Madrid, New Mexico

The Village of Madrid, NM is quirky, colorful and unique.  Please join us on SATURDAY, MAY 6 from 10-12 NOON.  We will gather at the MINE SHAFT TAVERN, 2846 NM 14 (the south side of town) and then scatter to sketch the ambiance of Madrid.