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January 17, 2014

Whose Studio Door is Never Shut


"These are some of the joys of the painter whose north light is the sky, whose studio door is never shut, and who often works surrounded by envious throngs, that treat him with such marked reverence that they whisper one to another for fear of disturbing him."

One hundred years ago, in 1914, an American artist named Francis Hopkinson Smith gave a series of lectures which were published in a book entitled Outdoor Sketching/ Four Talks Given before the Art Institute of Chicago. I found it recently, online, for free, and it was an interesting read. I've highlighted lots of passages for future consideration and perhaps publication on the Urban Sketchers blog.

Sitting last July in the charming central Italian town of Amelia, I too, took great pleasure that this sun-filled empty lot was my studio for the afternoon. As I sat and drew, I heard Italian soap operas from the windows above. Time passed slowly, measured by a sort of sundial formed by the shadow of open shutters.

8 comments :

Cath H.C Photographie said...

Joli post ! Bon week-end.

Snow said...

Beautiful and serene! I like the story behind it as well.

Bob Mrotek said...

Francis Hopkinson Smith was an incredible guy! I read his book "A White Umbrella in Mexico (1889)" and found it to be truly captivating.

Paul Kirchner said...

Always, always love your sketches.

Fred Lynch said...

Thank you!
Bob- I'll look into that book!

Bjarni said...

Your sketch took me hundreds mile from home. Can feel the sun and hear the soap opera.

Thanks

Bjarni said...

Your sketch took me hundreds mile from home. Can feel the sun and hear the soap opera.

Thanks

Swasky said...

I love the stories you tell. You enrich every piece you publish. I have only a problem… I tried to find "Outdoor Sketching/ Four Talks Given before the Art Institute of Chicago" and it is impossible, for free. I'll try to find a copy. Cheers!