What I’m doing is called sketching, or urban sketching. I’d love to talk with you about it but then I’d miss out on time to sketch, so I made this handout for you. Thanks for understanding.
I use watercolor pencils. I sketch dry and add water later. There are other ways to use watercolor pencils – this is just the way I like to use them. You can see the finished sketch @betsybeadhead
Yes, I am an artist. Anybody is if they make art. Being creative is part of being a human being. I also work a full-time job. I don’t get paid to be an artist. I still make art, because it makes me happy.
You may say “I can’t even draw a straight line.” That is not an excuse to not make art. Get a ruler. Or notice that how little in nature is composed of straight lines. Straight lines are boring anyway.
Nobody’s art looks great at the beginning. It takes years of practice to be good at it. That is not a reason to not make art. If you want to get better at anything, you have to practice it. Making art is just like learning how to play the piano. Make a “play date” with yourself – schedule time to make art.
You can get books from the library (subjects: sketching, urban sketching, art journaling) and learn how to do this. You can also take a class for free through the Nashville library system. You can get a free library card even if you don’t live in Davidson County. You don’t need a card to attend a class.
The fact that you are interested in what I’m doing means you too are an artist. Go make art!
Tulip Grove, 10:45 to 11:10. Tuesday morning before work. I had to go and get a ticket first to visit this part of the Hermitage property. And I also bought a coffee and cookies.
56 degrees and sunny
Good Friday, 3/30/18. Afternoon at First Watch.
No sketches during the Good Friday service. It is very solemn. That was at 7.
The morning of Maundy Thursday this year (3/29/18) I went to Centering Prayer at Providence UMC in Mt. Juliet. I used to go home after that until it was time to go to work, but I’ve started staying out, looking for a place to sketch. I wasn’t sure where I was going to go with not a lot of time, but I needed to go to the post office to check to see if we had any mail. It was raining a little, so I decided to stay there and sketch.
Then to work. I got off at 6 (using vacation time) to go to the Seder presentation at Celebration Lutheran. This is outside, looking at the prayer garden. The trees are green with lichen. The light was amazing.
I brought my sketch tools in to sketch the Seder presentation. It was just a demonstration, not set out for everyone. But then I was asked to participate!
This took three trips – from November 2017 to March 2018. Fortunately we have a lot of “buy one get one free” coupons. The service is very fast here, so I quit sketching when the food came. Thankfully we were able to get the same booth so I could continue the sketch. In reality – there are a LOT more chairs, but I left them out or it would have been too busy. The bar area to the back right is luminous with green lights from neon.
The photos were taken around Christmas time.
Sacred Heart monastery, Cullman Alabama, Friday 3/23/18 1:30 pm
Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman Alabama. March 24th, 2018
The nuns let us chant the hours in the choir stalls with them. I did a quick sketch before Vespers.