WOW, we are a full month into 2020 and I finally feel like I am getting up and running!
2019 was a monster of a year! It was jam packed with all kinds of energy; so many personal and professional challenges too. I can’t complain though. Most of the year went so very right. I sketched all around the country; on the East and West coasts, in the South, Midwest, and South-West and even in the Mountain West. Exploring watercolor, dry sketching media, and combinations of the two, I was pretty happily engaged almost every week. This year I was also invited to teach urban sketching classes and workshops locally, regionally, and in Chicago and San Francisco.
It was an honor as well to be in several exhibitions featuring sketching and/or urban sketching. The most recent was the exhibition One Sketch at A Time: An Exhibition of Urban Sketchers. It included sketchers mostly from around the Washington DC and the Northern Virginia region. The show was held at the Manassas Center for the Arts (you can see images below) just outside of DC.
Ok, I am exploring some new places to show my sketches. And to be sure I am working on finding some new and scheduling old places to teach workshops and classes too. I am also really exited to be getting a two week artist residency in eastern North Carolina this coming fall. As for sketching trips, I am looking at venues in addition to already planned trips to central North Carolina, Florida, Salt Lake, Chicago, DC and a few others. I’m going to have a lot more info on all those very soon.
Well, let’s see … Oh yeah, more types of sketching!
In fact, I’m currently working on two strands of sketching. (I guess I like to make things complicated; it keeps me on my toes and experimenting!) Most of you know my normal sketching with watercolor and/or ink. I’ll of course be continuing those, I have to feed my soul. This year, I will also be foregrounding my sketching on toned paper. Working on toned surfaces is something I have been doing for a long, long time but have only rarely shared with anyone. Below are two very recent toned paper sketches!
Drawing on toned paper has a long history and can be taken down many new and old paths. A very traditional method, the “trois crayon” technique was quite popular in the Renaissance and Rococo periods. I have usually confined that three color technique and most other toned-paper methods to large (22×30+) preparatory studies for my Mylar based drawings. For now though, I am also going to sharing my experimentations with these wet and dry variations of toned paper techniques in my sketches!
My plan is to work with and show you pieces on both warm and cool papers. I’ll start by posting works with fairly tradition media, either wet and/or dry. I’ll also use watercolor and maybe even a bit of gouache as well. Then, I might just get a bit more jiggy with it.
Now, if you have a favorite technique for sketching on toned paper/surfaces or you have an artist you know of that works on toned papers, I would love to hear from you. I am happy to share your faves (artists or techniques) with everyone here!