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Your teacher, Anita
I arrived home a month ago, really. My trip away was once again a huge learning experience; in Italy and France.
I was awarded a fellowship in 2013 through the Civita Institute, where I studied drawing in the evocative/depictive process. ‘Bingo!’
My impressions since being home:
What are ‘bingo’s’? Simply said, a happening that is spontaneous but you know when it’s a win. One could play the game, Bingo. I like to play it in art. How many keen marks create a bingo? Did I find my ’80/20′? How did that painting feel? Did I leave the paint alone?
Mostly, my ‘bingo’s’ on this trip came from my remarkable group of students.
Each student bringing so much to everything; brave, creative, enthusiastic, cheerful, caring and talented. Bingo! Best students!
So, let’s continue to create those ‘bingo’s’.
Back to studio.
The Seattle Urban Sketchers were out and about yesterday morning in South Lake Union.
I was helping out as one of the instructors, enjoying being surrounded by sketchers, enthusiastic, eager and talented. I love seeing how bold they all drew and painted (with color!)
Plein Air work is gutsy. One’s senses are on fire; so much out there. Editing is key. Once one warms up then selection becomes easier. I could not help adding the murmuration of bird and their feather remnant in the sketch above.
My view looking south, as I was demonstrating foreground, middle ground, background and shape in the landscape, I was so surprised to see all those cranes in the skyline. Seattle’s skyline barely recognizable.
The Space Needle was there to assure that we are still in Seattle and all is well.
© ANITA H. LEHMANN