Saturday, October 13, 2018

New Effort: Urban Sketching

urban sketch by Andre on Harvard move-in day

         Always ready for a new direction, a new craft, I landed one on Joe's and my 56th anniversary. We were at the Fogg Museum on a Sunday, looking at art and enjoying a treat in the courtyard when I noticed a young man drawing and journaling. Later I saw him a block away entering the Harvard Book Store where I said, "Didn't I just see you drawing and journaling at the Fogg?" "Yes you did. Would you draw a picture for me?" "Certainly, what would you like?" He said he had the idea to send a wandering sketchbook out into the world. The idea was a person would draw in it and post at Instagram online and leave for someone else to find to draw. Andre Behrens handed me the book and it took a week for me to get up the nerve to draw in it. Then I passed it on to the head of the Belmont Gallery of Art who had someone to pass hers on to. I had to learn Instagram to post it and that is where the torture and fun began.

         Andre said there is a local and international group of urban sketchers. He works during the week and sketches on weekends at meet ups w other sketchers. I enthusiastically looked in urban sketching books and got a couple of sketch Handbooks at Artist and Craftsman Supply. A Pigma Graphic pen fits just under the elastic that Andre showed me. Quick sketches are not easy but I set up lindapaintingtime at Instagram for urban drawings and two other accounts for other art as well: lindadrawingtime and amovingline.I am trying to keep the photos consistent.I am thrilled to learn Instagram via online instruction. It is good to get out into the world w no purpose but to record what one loves and to show what it looks like today. Google urban sketchers to look for guidelines.It is fun to interact w strangers in waiting rooms, eating places, and on the street. I recommend the terror and the imperfection.Maybe not the snow in coming days.  https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/learning-draw-think-better-learn-smarter-and-be-less-distracted-

Andre's sketching which caught my attention


Andre's instruction in the wandering sketchbook



small sketchbooks that hold a pen under the elastic
books to get me started

my first very nervous urban sketch

6 comments:

  1. A new craft for me...Urban Sketching...highly recommended for torture and fun of growing

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  2. This is fascinating, Linda! You are a natural for this. Thanks as always for sharing your latest endeavor! DJ

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  3. I like these urban sketches. Now you can paint and sketch and entertain non- stop. FUN.

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  4. From Alice: A fascinating anecdote! This has real potential for a longer article or essay (a verbal sketch!) that ought to be more widely published. How serendipitous that you met Andre! (Once again, it's not letting me sign in with my Google account...GRRRR)

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  5. Hi, Linda. I think I've figured out now how to post!

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  6. I love the whole idea of urban sketching. I look forward to more sketches. There is no end to your fresh artistic projects!
    NM

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