Sketching in Gettysburg

Last Saturday, I visited a coffee shop in Gettysburg (PA) after a recommendation from one of my coworkers. The Ragged Edge turned out to be a great find!! They don't have a website that I could locate, but you can find them on Facebook. I had a great cup of coffee there! I'm actually kicking myself for not making a note of what it was. 

Seating was a bit tight as lots of college students were hanging out or working on school work. However, they do have an upstairs so Alyssa and I made ourselves to home once we had drinks and goodies. 

We had a productive afternoon of art. I completed two small watercolors, one was of a farm scene and one was a winter scene. Alyssa was working on cardinals in the snow. We had a blast and hope to do it again soon! 

The only downfall was paying for parking. The parking meters are very hungry, and we were informed that those who check on them are very diligent at their jobs. Hence, we didn't take any chances!! Nothing bad to say about the coffee shop at all! Go check it out the next time you find yourself in Gettysburg, PA.


This picture was based on a photo posted on Instagram by @freshexchange. They are located in the Old Mission/ Traverse City area of Michigan.

An Artsy Weekend in Manassas

I'm behind in my posting, but I wanted to share about a recent girl's art weekend in Manassas, VA. The weekend started with meeting sketching friends at Jirani, a very cool coffee shop in Old Town.  I highly recommend paying them a visit! Great coffee and desserts with lots of seating. I definitely want to go back and visit when the weather's warmer (they have outdoor seating).  

I managed some sketching, even though I had a lid malfunction on my coffee cup. I managed to splash a decent amount of my latte on my sketchbook. Yes, I was most upset (maybe not to the point of teeth gnashing, though!). 

The next day it was back to Old Town for a walking photography class with Don from Road Runner Photography tours. I've done some meet-ups with him and have a lot of respect for his knowledge, style, and way of teaching. You can check out his website here. For our class, we focused on making the most of the iPhone's camera and some beneficial photoediting apps. Overall, I had a blast and learned a lot! Oh, and I should mention, I picked Don's brain on travel to Iceland. He gave me some great tips!