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.
So I participated in my first plein air event ever and it was quite the learning process! Spent the week on the eastern shore and had 3 days to paint around the town of Snow Hill and then on Saturday and Sunday, hung our works for sale. 70 artists participated and it was amazing. It was really cool to see everyone’s interpretation of the area. It was a little stressful but really fun to be able to just paint for a week.
Joined the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters a bit ago and they are a really talented group! Went to Baltimore to paint at the Museum of Industry. A very cool place with a lot of cool stuff. Too bad it was 40ish degrees out. But a day painting is a good day no matter what.
Joined the Baltimore, Maryland chapter of the Urban Sketchers awhile ago and have met some amazing artists! And they're a pretty fun group as well! A pen show was in town this weekend and I thought I'd check it out. I've always used disposable pens for my artwork, so I thought it would be nice to try and be more earth friendly and try out some refillable pens. I went home with a couple fountain pens I can't wait to use. I'll let you know how it goes!
Was asked to assist in creating a logo for a new boutique (if you're near Callahan, Florida, you can see this in real life!) It was a 2 day quick rush job but I think it turned out pretty good. And they obviously managed to make a massive store front sign out of it! Very cool!