On Saturday, September 14 I'll be heading over to the Bellevue Daniel Smith store to offer 2 free demonstrations on travel journals, specifically using water media. Times are 11am to 12 and 1:30 to 2:30pm.
Last fall when I traveled to Italy I visited Assisi and came across this lovely doorway, surrounded by the pink stone facade which is everywhere in the town; I was quite taken with the terracotta plaque depicting St. Francis and the wolf of Gubbio. It is a well-known tale; Francis subdued the wolf who had been frightening the town, and is yet another example of his compassion for wild animals. This is a sketch that I did after my return home; when I saw the doorway I didn't have time to sit down and draw it, but I took several photos because I knew that I would want to include it in my journal. At the demonstration, I'll be talking about how to sketch and paint on location, as well as continuing and completing work in your studio. In coming posts I will share some plein air sketches, which have an entirely different look; it's fun to include both in a journal--the freshness of the moment, and the more carefully composed sketch done after reflection.