Thursday, June 25, 2009

Plein Air Sketchbook Pen & Watercolor

I'm still working toward filling my 50 page sketchbook this summer!
Rain in Westbrook, watercolor & pen sketch Behind Westbrook Town Hall, watercolor & pen sketch
On rainy days sometimes the best you can do is get in a couple of quick sketches. In between teaching two private students I stopped and did a bit of sketching, but in the end I was running back to the car to escape the rain.

I have a painting trip planned for Saturday, the sun is supposed to FINALLY make an appearance. I hope so!!

I'd like to share part of a blog post by Christine Valter Paintner from
Abbey of the Arts

"Discover the sacred in your artist’s tools, they are the vessels of the altar of your own unfolding. Look at this cup of holy water, washing clean the brushes. See the blank page, awaiting your blessing. Gaze on the colors before you, each one a name of God: Saffron, Cobalt, Azure, Ruby. Say each one slowly and taste its juice in your mouth. Let this be your prayer. Brush them across the page."

I found Christine's words very moving and believe that they express some of my deepest thoughts about painting. I am no wordsmith and generally fall flat when I try to communicate these things and so I am very grateful that she has so beautifully expressed with words what I cannot.

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