Ok… time to start posting my sketches from the Symposium. As my sketchbooks are more travel journals I have added notes and maps and collage as much as I can so most of these pages are self explanatory…but a few extra notes. Just for the record it takes me 1-2 hours of work to ‘finish’ my pages for each day. When I am travelling solo I normally achieve this in the evenings. But this years trip I was with people nearly all the time so this 1-2 hours is done now! A great way of re-living my day!
Ok… here we go…
You can see from the map how compact and close everything was.
The business card is of an art store that I did not buy anything from – it is hard to believe I know!
I can’t put into words how wonderful it is to have my own travel kettle when in European countries…
First session was Cityscapes with Marc Holmes and Filipe Leal De Faria. It was a relaxed session and we were free to sketch what we liked while Marc gave a wonderful demonstration. This is EXACTLY what I needed and it found it very relaxing! There was plenty of time to sketch and talk to other sketchers…many of whom I was very happy to meet …I won’t name names lest I omit someone.
This was a warm up sketch…
This was my first ‘real sketch’
It was a lovely morning and it was great to soak up the sun and sketch away…. and sketch and sketch and chat and chat….
I really got to meet everyone this session and was able to get them to sign my book – never managed this again!
We all went to have lunch together and a number of my fellow urban sketchers were amused at my ability to sketch and eat at the same time… what is the big deal?
Time for the afternoon lectures – Tia gave a great lecture on her group sketching project and exhibition.
The second talk was wonderful and I was able to follow Ruth’s very interesting concepts – in a way they follow on from a thought provoking discussion by Laura Frankstone over at Artist Journal Workshop blog about sketchbook being process or product. I tried to take notes but my academic brain was well and truly on holidays. I am looking forward to downloading the lecture and reading it over a cup of tea real soon!
Afternoon session with Nina and Jose. Jose told me that I was only to do one spread and to think about it!?! Now what a challenging thing for me to do!?!? You know, I should do both of these things more often as it was a very useful exercise!!!
But of course after I had done the one spread…I was ready to do another!!!
We finished the day with a correspondent’s dinner – way too many people to meet and sketch. I resisted the urge to sketch the sketchers(sarcasm here) and just sketched my food instead. Honestly, I felt so inadequate once again because I am not confident to sketch other people… my big challenge for the coming year (I know I said that last year) I ended up talking most of the evening (how surprising!) and a very empty page was filled up with collage early the next morning (too excited to sleep much!)