REAL Life Drawing: My Eye On Washington DC

REAL Life Drawing: My Eye On Washington DC
Photo- Gessoed Hand of MG Stout holding her favorite paint while prepping paper

Thursday, February 17, 2011

More Mummers...Go Woodland!

Untitled as of 2/17/11, 22 x 12, Acrylic, Pastel, Charcoal, on Philadelphia Inquirer

I'll Show you My Blossoms

GW in a Blossom Boa, 22 x 12, Acrylic, Pastel & Charcoal on Washington Post

Cherry Blossom Festival Launch Party

Last week or the week before, my good pal Julie Booth, Community Relations Manager of the Workhouse Arts Center, and I attended the Cherry Blossom Festival Launch Party.  We met with the organizers and vendors and witnessed the unveiling of their newly renovated website! It was cold outside, but spring was in the air. The CBF is the nation's greatest springtime celebration.
On March 26, 2010 from 10AM - 3:30PM the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, will host Family Day and the Workhouse Arts Center will be represented by Julie and I.   Come by and enjoy hands on activities, exciting indoor and outdoor performances that explore Japanese arts and design. 
I've been tasked with developing an interactive art demonstration for the event.
 I put on my thinking cap and got to work.  After many minutes of thinking I had an idea. What is the best part of the festival?  For me, it is all ABOUT the sites.  There is just so much to see.  I liken it to a Thanksgiving Day feast were you stuff your eyes, with the sublime and return from whence you came unable to look at one more exhibit.  Now I ponder, what better way to savor and digest this empirical extravaganza than with a sketch book? 
We are going to make sketch books. Oh yeah!
 In honor of the trees, sketchbooks will be made from recycled Workhouse Arts Center Course Catalogs.  The pages will already be prepped with a coat of gesso and spattered with the primary colors.  Visitors will assemble their very own sketch book and be schooled on how to "see" as an "artist." I've created two optional coloring pages for those who need a little help getting their eye-venture started.
I'll be demonstrating drawing techniques and challenge guests to:
Everyone and anyone can upload their images to the Workhouse Arts Center Facebook page to be included in a virtual art show.  Plus we will be awarding prizes and raffling off original art created by me especially for this event.  More details to come.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

National Cherry Blossom Festival® Family Day presented with the National Building Museum

National Cherry Blossom Festival® Family Day presented with the National Building Museum

Follow the link and check out all the festivities! Save the date. I'll be leading activities as a Workhouse Arts Center Studio Artist. I'll be posting more updates and sharing more information about the event really soon. I hope to see you then!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Already Gone

10 x 10 Acrylic, Pastel & Charcoal on the Post MG Stout

I'm not sure if I posted this image before.  It really spoke to me today.  I think I did back in December.  I am feeling really introspective and not ready to share my thoughts.  Perhaps tomorrow.