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November 25, 2008

Meet the correspondents: KANSAS CITY > Cathy Johnson




The Savoy Hotel is in Kansas City — the Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward movie, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, was filmed there! We spent a night of our honeymoon there, too...

"Cities and other collections of humans are fascinating — the culture, the people, the architecture, the history, the music, the art, and the food, all intertwined in one place. Each one seems to have its distinctive "flavor," doesn't it? And I enjoy the diverse tastes, whether the back alleys and mineral water wells of the small city I live in, to the incredibly urbane atmosphere of San Francisco, to the nightlife in Washington, D.C.

Once upon a time, I wanted to be an architect — until I discovered how much math they needed! NOT my long suit, but I never got over my love of buildings, of human habitations, whether Anasazi cliff dwellings or the crowded oceanside cottages in and around San Clemente, the brownstones, cheek-by-jowl, in Georgetown, or the old hotels, public buildings and museums in my native Kansas City, Missouri.

I've sketched ever since I was a kid — baby-book drawings from age 2 attest to that! And I've kept a journal for 25 years or so, dragging it through airports, onto buses and into cars, along with whatever art supplies I absolutely HAD to have. No matter where I am, city or country, I sketch. And when I do, I take time to experience and respond to my environment in ways I couldn't begin to, without pen in hand. I capture memories like a fly in amber."

• Cathy's blog.
• Cathy's art on Flickr.
• Cathy's website.

11 comments :

Nina Johansson said...

Kate! How wonderful to have you here! I´m honored to be on the same blog with you! Looking forward to your posts.

Liz Steel said...

Hi Kate - I feel honoured too! I am glad that you never became an architect so that you have more time to create your wonderful art and share it with us all!

Pedro said...

Amazed with the quality and quantity of your journals.
Knowing your work is one of the adventages of this great US.

laureline said...

Kate, so happy to have you and your work included in this great adventure! People who don't know you are in for a real treat--and so are we, the people who do!

4ojos said...

WElcome, Cathy. I was kind of missing you!

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Hi Kate - good to see you here and looking forward to seeing your urban sketches

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

You're all terrific, what a wonderful welcome--thank you so much! I'm delighted to join your company (thank you, especially, Gabi!)

I hope to see more correspondents from "flyover country" before long! Lots of great sketching opportunities here in the Midwest...

Sharon Frost said...

Thanks for joining us! Your love of architecture shows to good effect.

marina said...

It's so great to discover you, Kate, and your wonderful art here at US. I spent a long time looking at your works on Flickr and they are amazing! Like the others, I feel honored to be with you at this project!

annie said...

So glad to see you on Urban Sketchers, Kathy Kate. Now I'm
going to go look at your new Website.
annie

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