Our Memphis chapter of Urban Sketchers had our monthly meeting this morning in the lobby of the historic Peabody hotel. It was a brilliant stroke of genius for a hot Memphis day. We got not only air conditioning but waiters bearing mimosas. I have never had such an elegant morning of urban sketching (though they do ply me with white wine and Greek salads at my favorite Athens taverna when I'm drawing there).
This was the most intricate architectural sketch I'd attempted in a long time, and I took more than my normal 20 minutes or so, but I had a great time doing it.
I also enjoyed that we artists had grabbed a luckily available sofa area, so we were all there drawing elbow to elbow and able to chat more than when we do our normal spread-out-into-the-landscape type of outing. I really enjoyed meeting some new people and watching how other people handled the challenge of the space.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.