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
"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
"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
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