Thursday, July 03, 2014

Seattle Art Museum/Urban Sketchers Seattle: Workshop

 I drove over to Seattle June 28th to attend this workshop sponsored by SAM and put together by Jane Wingfield, Gabi Campanario, Gail Wong and Frank Ching.  The one-day event began in SAM with a viewing and presentation of the Seattle Mystics, a group of Seattle artists in the first half of the last century led primarily by Mark Tobey.

Frank, top pic: "Draw something with the big sign in it.'

Gail concentrated our attention to blind contour drawings to emulate some of Mark Tobey's images.  We did one of each other, then went into the market to find something that spoke "Pike Street Market" with directions to use blind contouring, charcoal, and red and white chalk in Tobey's spirit.

My two "Mark Tobey" renditions are the "Fruits and Veggies" above, and the "Salmon in Ice" here.

Once I got into the moment of sketching the fish (after weaseling my way in front of the large crowd standing there to watch the fishmongers toss the fish about) I forgot about the blind contouring.  Sorry, Gail.

Gabi Campanario demonstrated how he "thumbnails" to help find that point of interest/composition for his sketching.

He had us do a series of thumbnails, "a couple in five mintues."

The task after the thumbnailing was to choose one and expand on it with a 20 - 30 minute sketch.  I found my patience was far too short for a long one, so I kept thumbnailing.  In fact there are about 4 or 5 others that aren't posted here.

It was a great day, I think I came away with some new "perspectives" about how I do my art and can't wait to get started up again, now that I am home.

6x9 Super Aquabee Sktchbook, 4x5.5 brown paper, Lamy pen, Noodler's Gray, watercolor, charcoal, chalk

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