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November 29, 2009

Meet the correspondents: LOS ANGELES > Virginia Hein

Los Angeles Hill in November

"I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t drawing.

The other day a woman saw me sketching and asked me where I learned to draw… I was surprised by the question, but realized that behind it was her desire to draw, we chatted a bit and I made some suggestions. I thought about this later… yes, I was trained in art school, but in truth I’ve been learning to draw since I could pick up a crayon, and I still feel I’m learning every time I draw! I wouldn’t want it any other way!

I was born in Los Angeles, California, and the city and surrounding area continue to be a favorite subject. My studio is in nearby Pasadena. I love many things about this area… I’m drawn to places that feel like the “old” Los Angeles (which is relative of course!). I never tire of the effects of atmosphere (what some unkindly call smog!), the verticals of the palm trees and horizontals of freeways… and the many brush-covered hills. And, wherever I travel along comes the sketchbook, and I fall in love with places through drawing them. I think my work is becoming progressively more gestural — more about the feeling I have about a place than factual representation.

I’ve made my living as a toy designer, illustrator, and also teach drawing and design. I’ve always drawn and painted whenever possible — however, maintaining a constant sketchbook habit is something I’m doing now more than ever — especially since discovering Urban Sketchers! I’m delighted to be a correspondent!"

• Virginia's art on flickr.

17 comments :

gabi campanario said...

welcome Virginia, i am a big fan of your luminous watercolors and look forward to your visual reports from SoCal!

Don McNulty said...

Delighted to see you here.

matthew_c said...

Welcome Virginia, I love your work.

Cathy Gatland said...

Your sketches on flickr are wonderful - welcome to USk!

stupot said...

Welcome! your work is lovely. And an ex toy designer? wow! cool!

Luis Ruiz said...

As a big fan of your work, I'm delighted to see you in USk. Welcome, Virginia!

Julie Johnson said...

Virginia - congratulations! Your work is inspiring and beautiful and I so enjoy seeing it. Now it will be so easy to find on USk. A well deserved honor to be a correspondent!

VHein said...

Gabi, Don, Matthew, Cathy, Stupot, Luis and Julie, thank you so much! I'm excited about this--I feel quite honored!

TIA said...

Greetings from Singapore! Please post more!

bh yoo said...

Love your great works at your flickr blog. Welcome Virginia! :)

Matthew Brehm said...

Welcome Virginia! So glad to see you here. I think you touched on a critically important aspect of Urban Sketchers - that drawing/sketching is really about learning, on many levels.

e.v. said...

How exciting!

Steven said...

Yay! Virginia! Congrats.

Isabel said...

congratulations and welcome aboard!

VHein said...

Tia, bh yoo, Matthew, e.v., Steven and Isabel, thank you so much for the kind and welcoming words--I appreciate it!

nzi said...

Hello Virginia,
what is teh best way to contact you? I have a question regarding your capoeira drawing. Thank you

Ginga

Taurine75 said...

Hi Virginia!!! So that to see that Los Angeles is being represented!! Your work is great!! Will there be a meetup for Los Angeles Urban Sketchers anytime soon?