"To keep an illustrated journal is fun. I like that moment when I'm perfectly concentrated on what I see in front of me. I always draw real places or events and I usually describe something while it is happening. I rarely draw from memory. I very seldom use a loose piece of paper: a canvas or a sheet of watercolor paper intimidate me much more than a book. A book means a sequence of pages, where there is no single masterpiece, but the whole group of drawings does matter. Naples, where I've lived for 15 years, offers a huge repertoire of curious and interesting things to draw, and drawing is always a good reason to explore a city. I wish I had more time to do it. Meanwhile, I draw everything I can see from my windows, like this house in front of my kitchen."
On the flag: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA sketcher Jessie Chapman sketching at Charlottesville train station with UVA Medical Center in the distance.
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1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation.
2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.
4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
6. We support each other and draw together.
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