I have moved onto the phase of packing where I am looking for content to download onto my iPad for the long flight from Denver to London...and received an email from Craftsy announcing a new class. Urban Sketching in 15 Minutes a Day by Suma CM just launched, and it is terrific! I put a link on my shop page, I hope you will check it out. I have probably read every Urban Sketch and travel watercolor book on the market, and have watched countless videos, but I am still intrigued with how the act of looking and recording can bring such delight. Even though I developed and teach the Simple Sketch © technique it is still so much fun to hear someone else describe their work along a similar path. I can download all the lessons, watch them on the plane when I am supposed to be catching some ZZZZZ's, and look forward to a great few hours in the sky. wooohoo! Next post from Spain!
Two and a half years ago I cornered CarolAnn Waugh and suggested we put together a mixed media workshop that would challenge us as artists and teachers, and offer our students a chance to see "how the other side" works. It has been an amazing ride! We taught our 4th workshop this past weekend, and had the honor of working with 18 students from 3 states and all around Colorado. I am so grateful for the generosity of our participants, and especially CarolAnn, who all share their process and creative energy. We had experienced fiber artists, experienced art journalers, newbies to all forms of mixed media and everyone in between. It was such fun and the two days were filled with growth, humor and layers and layers of color, texture and patterns. Thanks to our "angel", Diana, everything ran smoothly and everyone stayed well hydrated. Thanks to Debbie, our resident baker, and Marj we all stayed snack-full.
Tomorrow (Tues, Sept. 5 - first Tuesday of the month) is the annual World Art Drop day. The concept is to drop off a painting or sketch so someone can randomly find it and enjoy....and to spread art and peace! I'm excited to be dropping two pieces (above). I love a stealth act of gifting! Both pieces are mixed media, using maps at the base layer, then paper towels, then watercolor & pen for the top layers. One will be dropped at the Washington Park boat house, the other at one of my favorite coffee shops in town (Nixons on Washington and Louisiana). I look forward to hearing from whomever picks up the work. Nice way to welcome the fall season.