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August 19, 2014

Meet the Correspondent: Marcia Milner-Brage > Cedar Falls, USA


I’ve drawn my whole life. As a five-year-old in the backseat of my family’s 1950 Oldsmobile on a trip from Kansas to California, I tried to capture with pencil and paper those animal-shaped clouds sailing by. Across the years: sketching my then infant son as he napped to drawing my elderly mother’s hands on the day she died—drawing is one of the few continuous strands that runs through my life. Through joy and loss, busyness and ease, it’s always been a dependable way for me to name my life going by.

My favorite tools: a 5B pencil, Neocolor II water soluble wax pastels, and watercolors. I value the time and physicality to sit and look at something for a good long time, while my hand serves as scribe.

In 2010, I stumbled across the Urban Sketcher Flickr and Urban Sketcher Blog. Urban Sketchers gave me a new assignment and vitality. I launched into drawing landscapes of my Cedar Falls, Iowa neighborhood. Each drawing made me see and appreciate my longtime home more. I posted them on Flickr and Facebook and received invaluable encouragement from the Urban Sketcher community. In 2013, this flurry of work became my one-person exhibit, Drawing the Town, at the Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls.

Cedar Falls—a small, Midwestern US city—is as worthy a subject as any of the great metropolises or bucket-list worthy destinations I’ve been to. When the weather is nice, about half the year, I draw outside. Otherwise, I draw inside, looking out. This drawing—Windowsill Hickory Nuts, Winter Outside—is looking from my kitchen window on a February day. As a Correspondent, I’m thrilled to give you a window on my world. I look forward to your response.

24 comments :

Shari Blaukopf said...

It is a thrill to see your work here Marcia. I have long been admiring your windowscapes on Flickr and I look forward to seeing them here. Welcome!

Swasky said...

It is a real pleasure to see also your drawings here, colorful and vibrant. See you!

Elizabeth Alley said...

Great! Love seeing you and your work here!

Suhita said...

Welcome Marcia! I've come to know your hometown through your sketches and it's now on my bucket list to visit! Looking forward to your wonderful sketches posted here and your equally lovely commentary!

Nina Johansson said...

Welcome Marcia! Looking forward to your posts! :)

Richard Sheppard said...

Beautiful work Marcia. Congratulations!

isaac duenyas said...

Finally here! So happy for you and so nice for all of us!

miked said...

It's great seeing you here Marcia! I've followed your work on Flickr and it's great to know you'll be posting your work here too.

Looking forward in seeing more!

Laureline said...

A big welcome to you! Your work, with its unique style, will add a lot to the mix here!

kumi matsukawa said...

Happy to see your works and your story here, Marcia! Looking forward to seeing more.

James Richards said...

Welcome, Marcia!

memi said...

Marcia, It is just wonderful that you will be posting here!

Orling Dominguez said...

It was about time :-) Welcome Marcia!!! So happy that I/we'll get to enjoy your work here.

matthew_c said...

Congratulations Marcia, I'm glad you are now a correspondent. Your fine work fits in here really well, looking forward to seeing more.

Behzad Bagheri said...

Welcome, Marcia and thank you for sharing your beautiful works!

gabi campanario said...

Welcome, Marcia! Looking forward to your posts here!

Lynne the Pencil said...

Welcome Marcia! I LOVE that car sketch :-) Looking forward to seeing more of your work x

Marcia Milner-Brage said...

Thank you for such a warm and generous welcome!

Cathy Gatland said...

Lovely to see you here Marcia - look forward to your sketches!

Rolf Schröter said...

hi marcia, great to see you here - i always enjoy your unique work!
rolf

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adebanji said...

Great to see you here!

James Hobbs said...

Hello, Marcia!

VHein said...

Yay, Marcia! So great to see you here, and look forward to seeing your drawings as well as your thoughtful reflections.