Six of my travel sketches, created on recent trips to central Europe will be on display at Gallery 305, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley, CA. Exhibit runs January 15 through April 15, 2013. Gallery hours Mon-Fri. 11am-4pm.
Looking back on the events in my artistic life for 2012, I will count taking another bite out of Europe as a high point! It was a concert tour with i Cantori, a choral group based in Carmel, CA. In additional to the thrill of singing in some of the most awesome venues in Poland, Germany, Belgium and Holland I also produced some satisfying sketches of street scenes and town squares. Those drawings led directly to offering sketching workshops in San Rafael.
I added a few items to my art resume, including online representation by Xanadu gallery of Scottsdale, AZ. One of my Big Sarah paintings was accepted for “Au Naturel”, the annual nude art show in Astoria (Oregon) scheduled for early March. Even more exciting, and closer to home, is an invitation to prepare a solo show (my first!) in Pacific Grove, CA. That is set for May.
So, 2013 is already looking like an excellent year for exhibitions. I will continue to look for more opportunities to show (and sell) my artwork. The sketching workshops are beginning to develop a following, and might lead to a book project. I won’t call it a New Year’s resolution, but I intend to work on paintings, sketches or other art projects at least 4 or 5 days a week. As for Rhoda Draws A Crowd, I plan to generate more caricature gigs and follow up on convention and event leads once a week or more. Did I mention losing another 20 pounds?
I wish all who are reading this a very happy New Year.
Thanks to those who attended our workshop on Sunday, November 18th. It was a lively session. We began at Riley Street Art with some demos, a slide show and exploration of materials, focusing on water-soluble pencils used with a water brush.
Our first location, as usual, was at the Mission San Rafael Archangel. Shortly after our arrival about 100 people spilled out of the church and gathered for socializing and snacks provided by vendors. This was a delightful bonus! We had a chance to include some “generic people” in a crowd scene as part of our sketches of the church building and grounds.
Next, we headed for City Plaza, and by then a chill was in the air. We went into the Lighthouse cafe for some hot coffee and decided to stay there for sketching. Several choices there, including shelves full of various liquor bottles, people at the bar, tables and chairs.
The next workshop: Saturday December 22, from 2 to 5pm. Fee: $50.
Ongoing and returning students: you will be given challenges for developing skills at your own pace.
Sunday, November 18 12 to 3 pm
Saturday, October 27 2:00 to 5:00 Fee: $50
The first 3-hour quick-sketch workshop I offered at Riley Street At Supply on Saturday, August 18th was attended by four students, with experience ranging from none to intermediate. After a half-hour or so of preparation, we went out to sketch at two very different locations within two blocks of t he store. Mission San Rafael Arcangel provided the opportunity to sketch traditional architecdtural forms and palm trees in full sunlight. The City Plaza area offered scenes including small storefront eateries, umbrellas over outdoor seating, and modern buildings.
I learned a great deal about helping beginner students avoid some common pitfalls. As for more experienced artists who want to loosen up, there are some helpful hints for them, too. From a practical point of view, my materials list will have to include a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen and water supply. I plan to offer this workshop on a regular basis (monthly?). Stay tuned.
My 2-hour presentation at Riley Street Art Supply “drew a crowd” of about 20 enthusiastic attendees. I showed slides of my sketches, created over several years in a wide variety of settings, and countries. I laid out my pencils, pens and various kinds of paper for folks to practice with. I did only a little actual sketching, and will do much more of that next time.
Here’s a response from one participant, Judith J.
I thoroughly enjoyed your demo on Saturday. Your presentation was warm, funny, informative and helpful. I tried to apply some of your techniques at our Monday Morning Sketching Group in a beautiful garden this morning …. It’s all a wondrous experience.
I will be offering the following demonstrations and workshops at Riley Street Art Center, 1138 4th Street, San Rafael, CA:
Quick Sketching for Travelers (or anyone on the go):
FREE demo on August 11, from 11am to 1pm
Workshop: Saturday, August 18th, 2-5pm $50. Download the materials list: Quick Sketch Techniques
The Art of Caricature
FREE demo: Saturday, September 15th 11am to 1pm
Workshop: Saturday, September 22, 2 to 4pm. $35 Materials provided
Returned from 18-day European concert tour with I Cantori di Carmel chorus. We sang and sight-saw in Poland, Germany, Belgium and Holland. I drank excellent beer, ate superb chocolate and saw some iconic art in world-class museums including the Van Goggghhh in Amsterdam.
The gothic and baroque architecture in towns such as Wittenberg, Koln and Brugge inspired a group of sketches that are for sale in a new category: Travel Sketches. Take a look.