Monday, 28 March 2016

April Sketchcrawl

Hello dear sketchers,

I hope you had a very happy Easter celebration.

The Casino Forum d'art contemporain has reopened, so we thought it would be nice to have a look for this month's sketchcrawl.

If the weather is nice, we can also sketch in the surroundings in the city.

Let's meet in front of the Casino in Luxembourg city at 14.00 on Sunday 3 April 2016.

See you on Sunday!

Monday, 14 March 2016

Panorama sur la ville 6 mars 2016

Nous nous sommes payés le luxe de nous installer ce dimanche 6 mars dans le café/bar au sommet de l'hôtel Sofitel Grand-Ducal et de profiter du magnifique panorama sur la ville de Luxembourg. Se concentrer sur ce paysage impressionnant dans la lumière tamisée, peuplée de murmures, en rythmant le dessin de pauses café, fut un très grand plaisir.

Du plateau de thé posé sur l'appui de fenêtre dessiné par Béliza ( voir "Overlooking the city") émane ce calme méditatif et l'imagination peut habiter le vide derrière la fenêtre en plongeant dans la vallée ou en effleurant les horizons urbains.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Overlooking the city

Last Sunday, we met with Urban Sketchers Luxembourg at the Observatoire, the bar of hotel Sofitel.

I had heard that it offered an amazing view of the city, but I had never been there before. I was not disappointed.

Everyone was drawn to the windows and tried their best to sketch the cityscape.

Personally, I am not used to that exercise at all and I found it very difficult, getting lost in too many details at some point.

There was a moment when I realized that I would never get to the kind of result I was expecting, so I just started to try out different things, playing with colour, ink and pencil. It was much more fun this way.

We do live in a beautiful city!
After the difficult landscape, I took a "break" and sketched the beautiful tea set in front of me. It really felt like I was breathing easily again. I'm definitely not at ease with big city scapes yet.

Green tea to get in a more zen mood
It's interesting how a change of subject can help me get much more playful with my sketches. I felt much looser to do a quick detail of one of the main bridges, the Pont Viaduc.

I love bridges
As I mentioned, this was a very unusual exercise for me, but one I think I will repeat in the future. Specially at this location.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Sketching at the Observatoire

Sunday's sketchcrawl was not quite a crawl, but there was definitely a lot of sketching going on, with many great productions.

Everyone was mesmerised by the view

Nancy sketching

Denis' sketch

Isabelle's impressive panoramic view

Busy bees :D