Saturday, August 22, 2015

Abandoned Municipal Buildings...again...

We went fishing at Lawson Lake again last night...this was my final sketch of the evening, as it was getting on toward night and clouds were coming in from the west.  I only had time to keep it fairly the time I added the power lines it was almost too dark to see.

Thursday, August 20, 2015


This seems to be my summer for painting bridges...I love the arches and the reflections, as well as the history.  The one at top is just off 92 Highway in Tryst Falls Park--as you can tell from the name, it was a very popular meeting place in our area.

Because of the falls, there was a grist mill that utilized the power of water in the 1840s and 1850s...long since gone except for the lines carved into the limestone that show where it was.

The other three images are what's known in our town as Golf Hill Bridge, connecting our downtown valley where I live and the golf course and fine old neighborhood on the hill.  It's in Isley Park Woods, a Missouri Natural Area, and beside a street known as Lover's Lane...are we seeing a trend here?

Joseph has been warm-water fly fishing while I sketch and explore...a lovely summer!

NOTE:  I just got in touch with our Public Works department to find out more about the Golf Hill was built in 1914!  Amazing it has weathered so many floods...

St. Charles - Main & First Capitol

St. Charles - Main & First Capitol
(c)2015 Steve Penberthy
Watercolor on Strathmore Gemini 140-lb paper in handmade sketchbook, 
6.75" x 10.25" (17 x 26 cm)

I sketched this on location while sitting in direct sun on a hot, humid day.  I'm starting to realize how much Urban Sketching can be an endurance sport!  I liked the angle from which I sketched this scene, but next time I'll scope out a shadier spot...!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Civil War Weekend at Fort Snelling

It was a marvelous sketching opportunity this weekend at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis. It was two days of authentic costumes and activities, all at the fort where it really happened--- talk about "production value"! The end of the Civil War was 150 years ago, therefore the sesquicentennial. I worked in a hard-bound Kunst & Papier watercolor journal with my Preppy carbon ink pen, a watercolor pencil and my indispensable Whiskey Painters watercolor palette.
Part of the 1865 Fashion Show

From the 1865 Fashion Show

Private gets paid at end of his mustering-out

Sketching Event in St. Louis

I'd like to invite those of you in the Urban Sketchers--Midwest group to attend an Urban Sketching outing I'm hosting in St. Louis on Saturday, August 29th.  This outing is not an official Urban Sketchers--Midwest or USk event, but something I'm hosting as part of the St. Louis Drawing and Painting Meetup Group.

We'll meet at 9:00 a.m. on 8/29 at the St. Louis Bread Company (Panera) restaurant at:
147 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146
Here’s a map >

We'll sketch from 9am-11am, then gather again at St. Louis Bread Company to socialize, view each others' sketches, have lunch, etc. Be sure to come a little early if you want to grab a coffee or a quick breakfast item.

More info about West Port Plaza >
There are lots of great hotels and restaurants on the property and within walking distance of the event.

Hope to see you there! -- Steve

a sketchcrawl with grandson Quen

On Saturday we drove to Round Top, planning on taking Quentin to Royer's Cafe for lunch and some sketching. We arrived around 10:00 only to find out that the cafe doesn't open until 11:00. So we found a shady tree to sit under to sketch while we wait. Except that I discovered that I had brought two sketchbooks and a travel palette . . . but had taken my pens out of the bag and forgot to replace them! We had one water rush and one pencil between us (I added ink later at home).

Quentin prefers working with abstract designs so he used the water rush while I drew this historic log cabin. Flowers bloomed all around the town square, as did the butterflies.

We returned to the cafe at 11:00 . . . and 11:30 . . . and 12:00. They never did open. So we went to Royer's Pie Haven nearby and ate pie for lunch! The empty container in my sketch is all that's left of Quen's key lime pie. And yeah, the pie is too yummy to take time drawing it!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A Civil War Homecoming at Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, MN

This weekend the Minnesota Historical Society staged "A Civil War Homecoming", re-enacting the return of soldiers to Fort Snelling in 1865. This event is part of MNHS's Sesquicentennial commemoration. I'm crazy about sketching people in period costumes, so I was there on Saturday and Sunday. Roberta was there on Sunday and did some nice sketches.

The soldiers marching into Fort Snelling.
More Civilians.
A Colonel.
War Correspondent (artist David Geister).
More Soldiers.

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