Concert at Saint Louis en I’lle

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.

Before and after

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.

Allowing for a transformative experience

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.

Here is a link to our quick sketch workshop in the DC area April 28&29.

2018 Moveable Paintbox Workshop! April 28 and 29, Washington Dc

Margaret and I have hatched a new workshop.  We’ll demonstrate and teach our method for painting and drawing on the spot.

Workshop schedule:
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.

 Information and registration here.

 

After Bonnard
The Jackson House
After Vuillard