Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Friday, June 3, 2016
It's the beginning of Summer Art Workshop season! Yay! Here is a rerun of an article I wrote last year for Urban Sketchers Chicago. I believe they're timeless tips for successful workshop experience. What would advice would you add?
- SET A GOAL – Why am I taking this class? What do I hope to learn?
- KEEP AN OPEN MIND – Pay attention and follow directions. It’s easy to fall into the attitudes of “that isn’t the way I do it” or “that isn’t the way so-and-so does it” but leave those notions behind at least for the duration of the workshop.
- THINK PROCESS NOT PRODUCT (I know, I say that all the time) – It takes practice to learn new techniques and methods.
- ASK QUESTIONS – Your instructor wants you get the most out of your time in the class.
Links Richard E. Scott David Becker Veronica Lawlor Sketchbook Skool
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Yay, our Monday Sketch Group didn't get frozen or rained out! Yesterday was a glorious day to be out sketching at Navy Pier! At long last, I traded my jacket for a hat and sunglasses! It was a three exclamation point day.
Friday, May 20, 2016
|Bahá'í House of Worship, Wilmette IL|
I did manage to catch my breath last Sunday with the Chicago Urban Sketchers, at the Bahá'í Temple. The sun was shining and the hospitality was warm so I hardly noticed how chilly the air was. The building is beautiful, covered in intricate designs that look like stone calligraphy. The details are an exercise in drawing negative space. I kept changing my mind between "This is a dream," and "This is a nightmare." I decided to go for the dream rather than the reality.
Monday, April 25, 2016
At long last, a gorgeous spring day in Chicago! And what a great way to spend it, sketching outdoors at the Art Institute of Chicago! What first caught my attention when I walked into the park was how the trees were bare but the grass and ivy were green.
Friday, April 22, 2016
i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
- e.e. cummings