November 28, 2015

We’ll always have Paris

Story of my life – the only travel sketches done lately are the ones done from the hotel window or during a lunch.

But I'm glad I finally did some my very own Paris sketches!

 Vive la France!

November 27, 2015

Sunlight and shadow across adobe

Guest post by Dennis Pendleton in Taos, New Mexico

These three sketches are from Taos, New Mexico. This was painted on LeDoux Street which is a little one-way street with excellent examples of old adobe architecture. The blue door opens onto a private garden and a traditional adobe home. It was a beautiful sunny day and the cast shadows were full of color. Taos has been an art colony for over 100 years and some of the first artists in residence built their homes and studios on LeDoux Street.

I did this sketch in an older Taos neighborhood and the setting is typical of the town with the adobe wall and building, coyote fence, and cottonwood trees. This traditional architecture has a charm all its own with its warm colors and gently curving lines. The sunlight in Taos is legendary and it is one of the things that attracted the first artists to the area. 

In the same neighborhood, about 10 steps from the previous sketch, is this charming old home. It is behind an old mission where the local people still worship on Sunday. Just up the dirt road are some newer buildings, but old adobes still dominate. This kind of traditional architecture requires annual maintenance and it is common to see homeowners plastering away on warm summer afternoons.

Dennis Pendleton is an artist and art teacher who lives in Denver, Colorado. These sketches were painted during a workshop he teaches in Taos. See more of his work on his website.

sketches at Korea University, Seoul

By Lee Yong-hwan in Seoul, Korea

Main Hall, landmark of the campus square

Central Library of Korea University

Hae-song Law Library

Media Hall

KU-Lyceum (Institute for Continuing Education)

Main Gate of Korea University Campus

Main entrance of Anam Hospital

Hana Square and Science Library
( pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
Last week for two days, I dropped in Korea University Anam Campus that is my alma mater. Korea University, established in 1905, is widely known as one of the oldest, largest and top-ranked universities in Korea. The campus is located in Anam-dong near the downtown Seoul, and is well arranged in a colorful and natural setting of old and new buildings harmonized with the surrounding environment. On entering the campus, I was impressed with its stately stone architecture, new intelligent buildings, sprawling lawns, seasonal trees and natural flora, and so on.
I sketched colorful sceneries here and there around the broad campus, enjoying beautiful fall leaves pleasantly. While sketching some familiar buildings existed from my college days, I was lost in old memories for some time.

Our old newspaper shop.

A few months ago, Suhita wrote a story about my neighborhood near Ghent, and I illustrated it with this serie of sketches. As I told in my previous post, when taking the old road from Brussels to Ghent, one could be deceived by the ugly dreary ugliness of Ledeberg, which you have to cross before arriving in the splendid old town of Ghent.

Is it a coincidence that the other end of this road is situated exactly in Molenbeek (Brussels)? Didn't you ever hear about Molenbeek? Wake up!
BTW: there has no war broken out in Belgium and this is one of the nicest countries to live in. So, potential tourists, don't change your plans. You're always welcome.

But soon, it will be finished with the ugliness. That's what some real estate developers have decided. Not only there will be a new road and a new tramway (I hope it will be a lane with four rows of trees, large cycling paths, and a few cars, but maybe I'm a dreamer.

The owner of the newspaper shop has already closed his doors some months ago. In the morning I like to get my newspaper delivered to the doormat, by the postman. To read it near the stove before my coffee gets cold, without having to put on my shoes, my hat and my coat. So I have never been a good customer for the the poor newspaperman. But when I needed another newspaper or magazine I always managed to find his shop. From now I have to go to the supermarket. Big deal? No, big problem for me whenever I need a foreign magazine or newspaper such as Libération, XXI, or the Wall Street Journal. Even to get a Dutch newspaper as NRC Handelsblad or a French-language papers of my own country, as Le Soir, I have to start an expedition with my bike hoping to find it somewhere else in town.

Yesterday they started to break down the newspaper shop (the building in yellow brick on the left).
For many decennia I have been dazzled by the dreary ugliness and the stinking traffic jam on this road from Brussels to Ghent. But now the road is closed for all through traffic. For almost a year now we have to walk in the mud with the bike in the hand, slowly. And I see things I never saw before. The nice art deco architecture of the old newspaper shop. What was the ambition of the man who constructed this building many years ago? I guess he wanted to create a nice place to live and an attractive building to do his business in Ledeberg. What's the motive of the real estate developers who will build a skyscraper here? (I don't know them but I guess it has to do only with money.)
But I have to end this post now, put on my shoes and my coat and return to that place. What will I see today? Maybe only some rubble.

November 25, 2015

Italian Explorations

By Fred Lynch, Boston, Massachusetts

It's that time of year again when I share a bit of the work created last July by my college students in Italy. The group was amazing - pushing the possibilities of "urban sketching". My co-teacher this year, Kelly Murphy and I couldn't have been more pleased with the results - only a little which I share with you today.

What we see here, are selections from a few Final Projects - explorations of singular, narrow topics. 

The class also focuses on “voice, ” that is, by pushing students to celebrate how each artist has a different style of drawing - a different aesthetic - different interests.  In other words, we aim to make our point as well as make our mark through our drawings.

Ok, with all that in mind, here are some examples from last summer - series' that address particular themes. Creating works as a series promotes deeper investigations and artistic advancements. I hope you like them as much as I do.



Ashley Caswell, a Maryland Institute College of Art student from Needham, Massachusetts, made lists comparing characteristic features of the city.


Chrissy Dreyer, a Dual Degree student of both Brown University and RISD, from Maryland, explored the passages of light, space, and color, through the city's narrow roads using acrylics.


Angela Hsieh, a student at RISD from Pennsylvania, explored the feeling of being lost in a foreign city.



Taylor Pendelton, from RISD and Massachusetts, explored bright colors and texture, creating an incredible collection of images in a short period of time.



Edward Yang, a RISD student from California, using each drawing as part of a cafe review, incorporating a great deal of writing.

Many more great works from other students can be found on the course's blog: Drawing Viterbo.