Our fearless founder Elizabeth Alley was away this Saturday, so I was the official greeter for the Urban Sketchers meeting at the Peabody. Thanks to a recent newspaper article about the group, there was a huge crowd of mostly first-timers. By my count, we had at least ELEVEN TIMES the number of people (21 instead of 2) we had last time I facilitated (in 99 degree heat at Overton Park), so I'm calling the morning a howling success.
It is always great fun to get to talk shop with other artists -- we compared our travel art kits, our work habits, and our goals, and I think everyone enjoyed the chance to meet other people with the same interests. Lots of people lingered to chat a good while after the ceremonial duck march and the comparing of sketches. The duck master even came over to meet us and welcome our group to the hotel.
Photos from our outing:
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.