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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.

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I continued walking, turned a corner, and spotted four sketchers sitting on the ground. “Do you mind if I sketch you?” I asked from the other side of the narrow road. Permission was eagerly granted so I settled onto my stool and sketched. They were, unfortunately, sitting in front of an uninspiring backdrop so I, and my stool, moved one storefront over and faced a more interesting image to place behind the four artists.

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

I walked out of the museum’s tunnel, crossed the big road and walked. I found myself on a street and noticed a group of bicycles. “I think I will be able to draw them”, I muttered to myself as I opened my stool close to a building. I did a practice sketch in a little notebook full of odds and ends and then began sketching earnestly.

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

After the first sketchwalk to Westermarkt I walked back to my hotel along Prinsengracht and picked up a sandwich along the way. It was so hot I thought I’d die right there on the cobblestones clutching the paper bag and crushing the sandwich under my body. After a brief rest in the air conditioned hotel room I decided to get an Uber to take me to the Museumplein meeting point. Behind the Rijksmuseum the sun was still beating down and it was so hot I decided to go off on my own. In the relative coolness of the museum’s tunnel I sketched one group of buskers and then the pair that took their place.

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

I enjoyed sketching the sketchers as they milled about at the end point of the Sketchwalk.

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

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

This sketch was done during Sketchwalk 1: Jordan. We were supplied with a map indicating places of interest that people might like to sketch such as Westerkerk, Anne Frank Huis, and others. It was a Very Hot day – I was told this was very unusual for Amsterdam- so I mostly walked and sketched alongside this interesting canal in whatever shade I could find. Wherever I stopped I wasn’t alone. Zillions of Sketchers were sprawled on the ground, leaning against walls, perched on stools – balancing zillions of sketchbooks.

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

We had drinks and sketched on the terrace while we waited for the NYC Urban Sketchers who were to meet upstairs. It turned out to be too hot up there and I was exhausted from a day of walking and sketching so I just said hello to everyone and went back to my hotel. Unlike last year, in Porto, I didn’t get lost trying to find the hotel. I’m not counting the first day when the tram driver told me the wrong stop was the correct one. Not my fault.

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

I moved my stool right next to the railing, the spot the phone talker was standing on, and looked toward the Amstel. In front of me was the exact view I was looking for and at exactly the right distance away. I had to crane my neck a bit but…Happy Happy Happy.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

There were two bicycles leaning against the railing. The goal was to tackle sketching bikes. But, all of a sudden, there she was, talking on the phone and standing still. What was I to do?

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