Had the opportunity to attend Urban Sketchers Chicago sketch workshops this past weekend. Had an amazing time. Met quite a few fellow Urban Sketchers which was terrific. Very talented and dedicated folks. Learned a lot and tried several new techniques and materials that pushed my comfort zone. Refreshing, energizing and eye-opening all at the same time. Stopped in Springfield, IL on the way home to see some of the Lincoln sites. Got in a bit of sketching there too. All of these sketches are in a Stillman and Birn beta series book. My sketch materials range from pitt pens to pitt big brush markers to a pentel brush pen and koi watercolors. Quite a variety for me.