Saturday was our regular Urban Sketchers Chicago monthly meeting day, which coincided with the 43rd Worldwide Sketch Crawl day. USk Chicago met at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. It was a gorgeous day, temperature in the 60′s near the lake, and we had a great turnout. I entered the conservatory with another sketcher, Alex, hoping to find something interesting to sketch. Less than a minute later, I was heading for the door – I needed air!! There is a reason those places are called “hothouses.”
Outside, I decided to sketch the little bridge and tunnel located a safe, and much cooler, distance from the entrance to the Conservatory. I sat on a small rock wall (for nearly two hours!) and sketched away. Soon, a little girl was playing peek-a-boo with me from behind the nearby water fountain. I was wishing I could sketch faster, and better, to capture her. Meanwhile, her parents were having 10,000 fits trying to get her to leave – but she and I were laughing and having too much fun! One of the most interesting aspects of sketching in public is interacting with a wide variety of people.
Case in point. A man who was walking by admired my work in progress, and told me that he, too, enjoyed sketching. I said, “Well, you should join us! We are on Facebook, and we post our photos…” Before I could finish, he declared that Facebook was owned by The Government. As were most of “those social media things.” They are trying to control our lives. He continued to talk, while I smiled and nodded and mentally went somewhere else for a while. Finally, I noticed that his monologue was winding down. He ended by saying that Facebook, Twitter, and two other things that he mercifully could not remember, were, in “reality,” the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He bade me a cheery good-bye, and set himself up near the entrance to the Conservatory, where he played the tin whistle beautifully!
I love hearing the tin whistle, and as I sat on a rock wall, and sketched a rock wall, I could almost imagine that I was in Ireland. It was magical!
Sketched with pencil, Staedtler pens, watercolor, Conté pencil, in a S&B Zeta sketchbook.