Friday, May 10, 2013

My Bag Gets 15 Minutes of Fame

It’s a good thing I put my bag on a diet: It’s featured in an article I wrote for the summer issue of Studios magazine. It certainly got a bigger photo than I did! In part, here’s what I wrote:

"Urban sketching is taking the world by storm! Unlike traditional plein air painters – who are often portrayed in fields with easel, palette and beret – contemporary urban sketchers take a more portable approach. For these thousands of sporadically nomadic artists worldwide, their 'studios' have to fit in pockets, backpacks, purses or everyday bags.

"That’s because, at least for this urban sketcher, a sketching opportunity can occur at any time – during a lunch break, while waiting in a dental office, or at a brief stop between errands. So I like to have my gear with me wherever I go."

The article includes photos of the contents of my bag, my attachable watercolor kit and a couple examples of my sketches.

I wrap up the article with how I came to be an urban sketcher:

"By now you’re probably wondering if I even have a 'real' studio at all. For the past 10 years, I have worked as an abstract artist in a variety of media that require traditional studio work, so I do have a small home studio.

"But the other side of the story is that for most of my life, I simultaneously felt both the fear of drawing as well as the desire to learn how to draw. In 2011, partly because of my desire to learn and partly because the Urban Sketchers movement resonated so strongly with me, I decided to overcome my fear.

"In particular, I was inspired by Urban Sketchers founder Gabriel Campanario and his weekly column in The Seattle Times. His sketches of Seattle – my birthplace and lifelong home – depicted sites I had been to many times yet had never truly seen. I wanted to learn to see and experience those places more thoroughly. And I couldn’t do that if I never left my studio.

"Now my studio comes with me wherever I go, and I’ve never looked back."

The Summer 2013 issue of Studios magazine can be purchased digitally or in hard copy. Interweave Press also offers discount coupons


  1. Hi Tina. Special thanks from all of us at Rickshaw Bagworks for including your bag in your photo. Cheers!

    -Mark Dwight, Founder

    1. You're welcome, Mark! My Rickshaw bag is awesome!

  2. Wow Tina! I'm running out to buy a copy of Studios now. I'm impressed! Congratulations to you on being published. It's a magazine that I love to look at each month and now I have a reason to purchase it!

    1. Thank you! I hope you find the article inspiring.

  3. I have the same bag only in opposite colors. you actually commented on it in Flickr. Now I want to go see if this magazine is still at B&N to read it.


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