Went out to Chicago for 6 days to join up with a bunch of awesome people to doodle! If you haven’t heard, the Chicago chapter of Urban Sketchers has a yearly seminar and it is freaking awesome! The classes and teachers were amazing. The set up, logistics and everything was taken care of perfectly. These people know how to do it right! Despite the weird weather of Chicago, I had a great time and hope to do it again!
So this happened! I was part of the Chestertown, Maryland Paint the Town Plein air event put on by the local group called RiverArts. And they know how to do a show right! It was nice to meet a lot of really great artists. The event was amazing and the amount of people who showed up to see the final show was wonderful! It was packed! It really does the heart good to see so many people coming out to just enjoy art. And then to top off a great week, I received 3rd place in the “Quick Draw” on Sunday. Overall, I would say a successful weekend.
A few weeks ago I finished up my 2 week stint as an Artist in Action at Annmarie Garden and I’m still processing how amazing the whole experience was. I can’t express how wonderful it is to simply paint. To have the privilege to wake up and paint every day is wonderful. And the amount of paintings I got done? I was crazy productive! I worked in oil for the whole 2 weeks, so head over to my oils section and see all the new visual goodies!
So the Chesapeake Bay Art Association has a spring show yearly and I got 3 pieces in! The top piece is a scene from Richmond, VA and the bottom 2 are street scenes from Spain. As you can tell, I’m on a building kick at the moment. This show runs until April 30 in Virginia Beach, VA and it has a lot of amazing work by a lot of really cool people.
I was accepted to an artist residency at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center in Solomons Island, MD. I’ll be there from February 3rd to the 15th. As of today, I’m in day 7 and loving it. I get to show up and paint everyday, all day. Every artists dream, right?
So I finally got around to getting a sketchbook from the Sketchbook Project in Brooklyn, NY. There is an entire library filled with these small sketchbooks from artists around the world that you can visit and peruse. I have yet to make it up to the physical library myself, but I hope to someday. I can’t even imagine the amazing variety that is stored there! Anyway, so I sent away for mine and was determined to do a kind of “ day in the life of” theme. I wanted to do a sketch of what was beautiful around me everyday, no matter my location. So obviously, this day was spent at work. Calibrating monitors. But there was just something beautiful about the designs of these monitors, and I had to add them to my sketchbook. So I managed to fill it up in time, mailed it off, and it should be added to the physical library and the online library shortly! So cool to be part of something so wonderful!
Digging through my archives and finding this picture taken in Florence, Italy. It was wonderful just being able to wander around a beautiful city, sit down somewhere, and draw. And the detail and workmanship in all of their buildings is amazing. I could spend a lifetime in a city like that and not see everything.
Whew! Winter can be tough but I guess its all in how you dress. Met up with some Urban Sketchers/Plein Air painters for a little cold weather painting. I’m still working on pushing my values so any chance to get out and paint is time well spent.
Because I’ve been in Tuscany!!!! Just returned from 2 weeks in Italy. The first week just wandering and doodling in Florence. The second week was spent taking a painting class further out into Tuscany. And it’s amazing. I’ve never seen so many different greens in my entire life. (Olive trees are so blue green they’re almost silver! Crazy!!) There is so much beauty in this world…if you have the chance to go see it, DO IT!
So while in Snow Hill for their Plein Air event, I took some down time to just sit and draw. I’m really enjoying the panoramic sketchbook. It really is relaxing to just sit and draw whats in front of you. Some people do yoga or meditate. I just plop down and pull out a pen and sketchbook. Instant happy place.