506 sketching trip

I turned out to be 25% of the 506 streetcar sketching team, so I am especially glad I went along. Others wanted to join in, but could not get free for a Thursday morning run.

3 sketchers in front of the camera, one behind it. Karen, Darcy and Fred at the Korper door.

The four of us, Fred Franzen, his daughter Karen, Darcy and I sketched our way from the Flying Pony on the east side, to the Olga Korper Gallery on the west side. 

A few of my efforts on the iPad. I did not see the others’ work because I had to leave early.

Most of my sketches were done on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. It is VERY difficult to do! Almost as soon as you choose something to draw, someone blocks your view or the scene changes. Opportunities last for split seconds. 

I was forced to try a variety of strategies and it was fun. Also, as Fred observed, “It makes you appreciate what you can accomplish if you get as much as 2 or 3 minutes”. 

Darcy and Karen inside the main show area at Olga Korper.Wonderful roof!

It was my first exposure to the Olga Korper space, which is huge and impressive. An exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe photography is up at the moment. 

Stools by Marc Franzen, in the Olga Korper kitchen. Click to enlarge any of yhe images.

A surprise bonus was a peek into the kitchen section of Olga Korper’s living space. A remarkable set of metal chairs flanked an island. They were the work of Fred Franzen’s son Marc, who died far too young in 2016. Another surprise: when I sat on the coiled rods of the metal seat, they felt like wicker … gently depressing under my weight. Amazing! Marc Franzen somehow contrived to coil the seat into a flat spring. Very comfortable!

4 thoughts on “506 sketching trip”

  1. Wow, a lot happened on your 506 sketching trip! I like your quick sketches Bill! And what a cool gallery – I love those Mark Franzen seats ❤️

  2. It was greet to have you along Bill and it is fascinating what you can create with an ipad pro. Thanks for posting our adventure.
    My pics to follow soon. I didn’t get to see Darcy’s sketches but several of my dad’s sketches are keepers for sure. I certainly do admire y’all being able to capture a moment in time so skillfully.
    And yes aren’t Marc’s stools magnificent! That brother of mine could manipulate iron and steel and transform them into objects that flowed and functioned beautifully. We miss his creative free spirit every day.

  3. Hi Bill can you please add my dad’s email to your mailing list.
    Many thanks,
    PS. Everyone I have shown this post to is fascinated by your iPad drawings.
    I sense a workshop will be needed one of these days.

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