The weekend started with our urban sketching group meeting at the Flying Saucer downtown. We all sat along the counter in the open air window on the south side. It felt very European, and we had views down towards Beale Street. I love going out to draw with a group -- usually my work is much more solitary.
The weekend continued with a quick overnight trip to Huntsville to call with my sister. Her cousin rode with me, and we all had a great time together and at the dance.
After getting back Sunday, the day was hot, so I followed through on the plan I'd made earlier to go spend a hot afternoon drawing at Yo-Lo. Once again, drawing sitting at a table (instead of on a hard sidewalk in the sun) and with a dark chocolate frozen yogurt topped with fresh blueberries at my elbow was a luxurious session. I'm going to be a little sad when the heat breaks and I have no excuse to search out indoor places. I might have to do a second view of Yo-Lo before that....
I did manage to get out and do one sidewalk drawing Saturday morning before the urban sketching group. I'd done a similar view across the fold in my sketchbook, but I wanted to try it again on one solid piece of paper so I can include it in my Memphis show at Playhouse this fall.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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