Why am I writing about it, because I got to go to my first Sketch Tuesday last night. What is it about? Well, here is some of the official text for the event:
[…] Each Third Tuesday of the month the gallery hosts an evening of live art making featuring both established and emerging Bay Area artists. Inspired by Southern Exposureâ€™s Monster Drawing Rally, 111 Minna offers patrons the opportunity to see local artists at work and get acquainted with them. It is also a way for artists to meet each other and to be inspired by each otherâ€™s creative process.
Sketch Tuesdays offers the local arts community a place to congregate, to talk, to create and to be seen. There is *USUALLY* room for artists to just drop in and start drawing, but good seats are reserved for the invited artists.
Art is for sale at reasonable prices and will be displayed until the event closes.
So there you have it in a nutshell. A group of invited artist sit at a cluster of tables in the center of the room and create art while other artist (me) sit at the surrounding tables and create art as well. Art is placed on a wall for sale and art patrons mingle as they sip on beer and cocktails.
I got there about 6:30pm and found a seat next to fellow artist Jeff Plotkin, got a drink and started to draw.
The first piece I did was 11″ X 17″ and done in blue pencil and marker. Lots of people came over and took a look at what I was working on which allowed me to meet and talk to other artist and patrons.
I then did a couple of quick sketches that I could sell. One of a cat with a Carmen Miranda hat sold to someone who came by my table, the other one sadly did not. I was pleased how good it came out considering I was in a dark room working to thumping loud music.
The event was a lot of fun and I recommend artist come by and give it a try on the next one. A great way to do art. Just make sure you come early to get a seat and the music they play might be really loud, ear plugs might come in handy.