What does Everest Base Camp have to do with my art journey?
A decision to trek to Everest Base Camp in April 2013 was the inspiration for the beginning of my art journey. I decided in July 2012 that I would fulfill a trekking dream of mine and I would begin my physical training immediately. As time passed I thought it would be a great idea to journal my trek not just by writing about it but to show it through sketches. So I signed up for the Drawing for Non-Drawers course through UWA Extensions. Although having said that, we didn’t learn to draw because we ended up with a relief teacher, who taught us other art things instead.
So, I ended up teach myself and since this , my very first art course I have not stopped learning.
I guess I inadvertently discovered that painting and arty things makes me happy!
Travel & Urban Sketching
Since my first art workshop and subsequent workshops, I have come to realise that my preference is sketching on location. It’s so satisfying for me to travel and sketch, to explore my surrounds appreciating what’s right in front of me. My travel sketch kit is almost always with me. I very rarely leave home without it and although I have my favourite kit I have a tendency to want to make the “ultimate” travel kit. Interpreting the world and my world as I see it through my sketches is therapeutic and fun!
Come join me on my sketchventures as I explore more of Perth and anywhere else I happen to be (you may even see sketches of my meals – another favourite past time of mine), and random everyday life sketches.
Some of the art course I’ve enrolled in:
(click on the links to read posts and view samples of my work in class)
- Drawing for Non-Drawers : UWA Extension (1 day workshop) with Debi Riley
- Art Starters : Atwell Arts Centre & Galllery (4 weeks once a week) with Donna
- Acrylic Tasters : Atwell Art Gallery (3 weeks once a week) with Amanda Harris
- Painting Landscapes with Watercolours UWA Extension (1 day workshop) with Debi Riley
- Watercolours in 10 Minutes : UWA Extension (1 day workshop) with Debi Riley
- Acrylics/Mixed Media : Atwell Arts Centre & Gallery (10 weeks once a week) with Amanda Harris
- Acrylics with a Twist : Atwell Arts Centre & Gallery (10 weeks once a week) with Debi Riley
- A Wholistic Approach to Colour with Dawn Meader (8 week course)
- Painting for Beginners – One Day Intensive! with Malini Parker
Although I have done a few art courses and probably more since I wrote this, I’m pretty much self taught when it comes to sketching. I have a tendency to buy a lot of books of sketch artists, and surf the net to study sketches of others to improve on my own.
I also love to paint (my preference is abstract) but I absolutely love to sketch on location as I mentioned earlier. I guess I love the feeling of being out and about as well as satisfying my need for creativity in many different environments. Keeping an illustrated journal is a great way to document my life.
” I have learned …that what I have not drawn I have never really seen – and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realise how extraordinary that is – sheer miracle”
Frederick Franck (from the Zen of Seeing)
I wanted to document my art journey for me, to remind myself of where I began where I am now, and also to inspire others who are contemplating exploring their artistic and creative side.