Livingston, Montana

The town of Livingston, Montana is my kinda town. Besides the very warm welcome we received from the Livingston Business District Association, we also discovered that it has a great main street, interesting and detailed buildings to sketch, top-notch coffee, and most importantly, a ton of vintage signs that are obviously lovingly-maintained and cherished by the town. We spent a morning sketching them. I didn’t finish the page in my sketchbook, but that’s fine because it means I have to go back there.

We also spent the afternoon on Main Street sketching people, cars and storefronts — including Tru North Coffee. It was a quiet day in town but I managed to sketch one guy while he waited for his family to join him outside.

As I mentioned, it was pretty quiet in town, so our group made the front page of The Livingston Enterprise. In the photo, you can see why I like the place: benches AND wide sidewalks that are shaded most of the day. Ideal conditions for urban sketchers!


10 Comments on “Livingston, Montana”

  1. Frank Bettendorf says:

    Thanks for the pics of Livingston, a small town with a big feel! Several very popular artists used to live there as well as some excellent writers so I visited more than once and walked the streets hoping to encounter one! No such luck! Have a great time and be sure to visit the cafe by the railroad tracks near the Tourist Bureau. Good food and nice atmosphere. Frank

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  2. Just love those vintage signs!

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  3. What fun! And what an interesting town to discover. You really had a wonderful variety of subject matter for the workshop.

    Alison

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  4. How great that there is so much color in the signs and shop fronts. Looks like a great and friendly place to visit.

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  5. timdada says:

    Hi Shari,

    I have to tell you, that article in the Livingston Enterprise caught my eye:

    “Scientists Use Stem Cells to create synthetic mouse embryos”.

    Move over Bay Area. Get ready for Montana. Yikes!

    Tim

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  6. Judy Sopher says:

    I am loving your paintings and descriptions of Montana. We lived in North Dakota for 13 yrs. but never visited Montana. So I am enjoying it thru your eyes.

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    • Thanks Judy. It was a gorgeous place! But I’m sure you had some beautiful vistas in North Dakota too!

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      • Judy Sopher says:

        Actually, the east part of ND was pretty flat without vistas. We did have the Red river of the North. Was lovely in winter with snow on the fields.

        I think the west side of ND is different. You have seen more of the United States than I ever will.

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  7. mcammeehan says:

    Love this and inspired to check out Montana!

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