Sunday, January 23, 2011

30th World Wide SketchCrawl

china marker and pastel on paper

Founded by Enrico Casarosa, the World Wide SketchCrawl is about getting out there and drawing to your heart's content and, if you so desire, sharing your sketches with others all over the planet. How cool is that?

Saturday morning was cold, but sunny and gorgeous for my first crawl. I met up with the Plein Air Austin group at the Little City Espresso Bar and Cafe on Congress Avenue for a warmer-upper before heading out.

Surprised by an awkwardness of drawing in the city, I chose the lawn of the State Capitol building. I was more at ease with the horses' sniff and snort critique than with strangers' comments. And it was loud.

I know. How pathetic. So pathetic and silly that I started laughing at myself!

After sketching a couple of 20 to 90 minute sessions with a few comical chats from kids passing by, I was so happy that I ventured out of my comfort zone. I had forgotten how beautiful Austin many lovely trees we have shading downtown...the stunning and historic architecture...the laughter and the energy.

love this town.


  1. Oh, Marilyn, they're beaUUUtiful ... especially like the Capitol sketch! Next time, I want to go with!

  2. Beautiful work!!! Doesn't look like you were bothered at all by the noise!

  3. Lovely quick sketches and congratulations on your plein air outing. I have never been able to get up the courage to do that.

    Thank you for visiting my blog site. Have a great day

  4. Great collection of sketches Marilyn, looks like you had a good day! Dont forget to send me your email)

  5. Hi, Marilyn. These are beautiful sketches. Wonderfully calligraphic notes on the pages, as well.

    Great to see you today. Don't know why, but I hadn't put your face with 'Marylin, the blogger from Dripping Springs. I've always really liked your blog and the diversity of the work on it. Your woodwork if fabulous!

    Anyway, glad we got it straight. You're THAT Marilyn.

  6. Beautiful Marilyn -
    I'm so sorry I missed seeing you at the Crawl. I had conflicts.