Chardin from the Louvre and Degas at the Musee d’Orsay
We took the bus, lovely ride, to the Bois de Bologne and visited the musee Marmottan
more sketches from yesterday, these of the kitchen table and one from the bird flower market on the i’lle Saint Louis.
While wandering the I’lleSaint LouisElizabth noticed musicians outside the Eglise Saint Louis en islle. We went in and listened to a magnificent concert-orchestra, chorus and poetry. We found sanctuary, relief from the hot afternoon and then were filled up by this extraordinary music and drew, it felt miraculous being held by all that beauty.
These are snapshots of nibbles before and after our workshop. We really enjoyed working with the painters. Thank you all again for coming. We are excited about tomorrow at the National Gallery.
I asked Elizabeth why she thought we do what we do and what we hope to teach in our upcoming workshop. I am moved by what she wrote:
“I went on a walk and tried to get words around it. It’s hard because it involves a way of thinking about life as well as a way to practically get more art into every day.
What we’ve been able to figure out with practice has to do with allowing for pleasure, for contemplation, for meditation, for beauty, for, and I believe this with my whole heart, a transformative experience.
What we are really doing when we draw every day is to see and interpret and transform our experience of the everyday. Elevating it and us with it. “
In an ideal world I would have worked a bit longer at this sketch, found more information, this is what I made with the time I had.
This is a corner of my Dad’s study at the Jackson House, it gives a taste of the density of stuff in his house. I like the contrast between interior and exterior and the pice of pottery thrills me.
This is a photo of my niece and I from a couple of years ago working on the spot at my dad’s house. Those sketches shaped pieces which are on exhibition this month at the AS220 Project Space in Providence, RI.
The show opens today. You can see it and details online here.
Would you like to join us to practice sketching on-the-spot in watercolor? Three spots are available in our workshop April 28&29. You will have the chance to create different kinds of watercolor sketches with a minimum of time and materials, including museum sketches. We will both demonstrate and work with you one-on-one. Click here for details.
Margaret and I have hatched a new workshop. We’ll demonstrate and teach our method for painting and drawing on the spot.
Saturday, April 28, 1-5PM, McLean, VA and Sunday, April 29 from 11AM-2PM National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC
Saturday’s portion of the workshop will be held at a private 17th-century farmhouse filled with interesting objects. On Sunday we will visit the National Gallery of Art and sketch from the collection.