A Trip to the Firefighters’ Hall and Museum

April 14, 2013

Above: Fire Hose Nozzles through the ages. All were brass or copper metal with shiny chrome bases, and one had a red handle. I didn't have time to paint them, I just pushed through sketching as many as possible. (Handmade journal, 7 x 7 inches, Nideggen, Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy Pen.)

On Sunday April 7th I went along to the MetroSketchers meeting at the Firefighters' Hall and Museum. My friend Linda Koutsky, who is the "Weekend Tourist," found this delightful spot and took me for a visit about a month ago. Our time there was short so I didn't get to sketch anything but a couple faces from old photos in their banquet area. I couldn't wait to go back.

You can see my other sketch on the day at Urban Sketchers—Twin Cities.

There was a huge turn out and after the sketching (most people were there from noon to 3, I didn't arrive until 1 p.m. because of family obligations) we all put out our work and inspired each other. 

I have to admit I had a bit of "Alizarin Crimson envy."

    • Miriam
    • April 15, 2013

    Roz, did you convince Danny Gregory to use gouache? I’m impressed! 🙂 His sketchbook is awesome!

  1. Reply

    Miriam, If I remember correctly Danny used and abandoned the use of gouache before we met in the early 2000s so I don’t think I’m responsible for his use of gouache. Though I do have to say I yammer on about it constantly and I did tell him that paper was great for gouache.

    He’s been playing with it again as I see it crop up from time to time in his journal pages. I’d seen these pages from Bangkok last week (the joys of Skype) and I love them and loved his approach. I don’t think I will ever be able to pester him to give up the concentrated dyes he uses. He loves color, fugitive or not.

    Thanks for the heads up about the posting, I hadn’t seen it yet. The gold leave on the feet of the statue look really shiny when the light is on them!

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