Fountain in the woods: color swatches and demo sketch

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From our weekend workshop–it was a thrill to see the students pour themselves into their sketchbooks.  Two different vantage points of the same woodsy fountain, for two groups of students, here they are looking toward the fountain (I don’t have a picture of the fountain itself), working away.

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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.