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I found a nice spot under a giant tree to set up my stool. There were sunbathers sprawled on the grass. Fortunately I didn’t notice the largish green bugs that were dropping on me until I was finished sketching. I hightailed it out of there and spent some time outside a cafe sipping iced tea.

This is the last sketch. I did one more before I fell and broke my wrist but I posted it a couple of weeks ago.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt and Tombow Brush pens

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I walked the length of the canal, Nieuwe Herengracht, to the End Point meeting place. The plaza was crowded but Benedicte (I waited for her by a statue) and I found Stefanie seated at a table and we were able to scrounge two more chairs from adjoining tables. At least that’s my memory of things. It was so crowded the waiters never asked me for my order so I sketched and listened to my stomach grumble.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush pen

I started walking towards the end point but stopped to sketch some buildings across the canal.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush pen.

I walked over to the meeting point, the Portuguese Synagogue, spotted a workshop near the canal and set up my stool a distance away so as not to be able to listen or interfere. I think Horus, the botanical garden, was on the other side of the canal.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt & Tombow Brush pens

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush pen

I wandered around the area a bit until I settled under a café umbrella with an iced tea and a view.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush pen

From Zuiderkerk I followed my map and successfully ended up in Spui. I was early but chose to sit on a bench in the shade. The meeting point, The American Book Center, was in view but was in full sunshine. Too hot for me. I sketched a tour group while the leader was giving a lecture. Later I went into the bookshop looking for some cool air and the cafe I had heard about. No cool air and a totally full tiny Café – sketchers, of course.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush pen

Sketching sketchers before and during the throw down at the End Point. Afterward I walked, with Stefanie, up to the Zuiderkerk ( main venue), checked out the venders’ booths and had some lunch before walking over to the next Sketchwalk meeting point. Another very hot day.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen

I left the Amstel and started walking towards Amstelveld along Kerkstraat. Along the way I passed a second-hand shop with goods spilling out onto the sidewalk. I went inside and asked if I could sketch the shop. The woman at the counter looked at me earnestly and said, “I can’t pay you.” “Oh”, I replied, laughing, “It’s just for myself.” She smiled and offered me a seat, some water and watched as I set up my stool on the sidewalk with my back to a zillion bikes. It was a busy little shop with people in an out. Soon I started spotting sketchers on their way to Amsterveld and the sketchcrawl End Point. (The next day I walked down this same street on my way to another Sketchwalk and stopped into the shop. The owner was there, setting up the goods outside on the sidewalk. I showed him my sketch, he “instagramed” it and then rearranged the sidewalk items according to what I recorded in my sketchbook. Unexpected fun.)

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen

I found a sliver of shade ( did I mention Unusual Amsterdam Heat Wave?) and sketched the view across the river. The Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) was to my right under the blazing sun.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush pen.