Why is it so compelling to sketch and paint the subjects that we encounter when we travel? This image to the left is a tower on the Royal Palace in Dresden. There are answers in the tower pictured here-- I was so taken with the whimsy of the angular windows --so completely counter to my expectation of what a window should look like, plus the sgraffito decoration on the turret which I'd never seen before. The encounter of the strange, the whimsical, the utterly beautiful, or the completely unexpected--it seems to call forth some effort at replication for all of us. Some people write about it, others photograph, and many of us attempt to draw and paint. I came across a great quote by the 19th century Austrian architect Camillo Sitte:
Enchanting recollections of travel form part of our most pleasant reveries. Magnificent town views, monuments and public squares, beautiful vistas all parade before our musing eye, and we savor again the delights of those sublime and graceful things in whose presence we were once so happy.
Join me on January 27 at the Seattle Daniel Smith Artist Materials store for a one day workshop on travel journals. We'll revisit our favorite trips, learning how to paint and draw buildings and landscapes--I'll demonstrate methods for drawing and painting in simple ways that will make it fun.