Tuesday, July 17, 2012

36th World Wide SketchCrawl Update

A day out sketching was inspiring and made me realize once again the need to keep sketching to get better.  It was an interesting experience to be out sketching at the same time as others across the world.  In viewing many of the posts from sketches done on Saturday, June 14, there are many different styles and approaches which are great to see.  And what fantastic places to sketch, ranging from Paris, London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Boston - the images of all of those places and more are wonderful.

 Here I am in the Square on Main Street near the fountain and the Saturday Farmers Market.
Check out the posts by all of the participants on the SketchCrawl website:
and I have posted my sketches to that website too: as a Newbie Crawler since this was my first time participating in the SketchCrawl events.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Art House CO-OP -The Sketchbook Project 2012 World Tour Exhibit

Together, thousands of creative people from around the world formed a traveling library of artists' books.  http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject2012
Kathe Julin’s Digitized view of the traveling sketchbook http://www.arthousecoop.com/library/10335#page-slide_1
More info on Art House Coop in Brooklyn, New York and more projects:  http://www.arthousecoop.com/

It is neat to see that I will have my sketchbook on display at the school that my son, Brian, graduated from - - Winter Park, FL  Full Sail University  Opening Times: September 4- 5 2:00 - 6:00pm; this being among other exhibits, including Los Angeles (where my two sons live now) and London in October and Melbourne, Australia in November.  After the world tour, the sketchbooks will all reside in Brooklyn, New York at the Brooklyn Art Library http://www.arthousecoop.com/brooklynartlibrary.


Looking forward to seeing a group of sketchers (anyone is welcome) on Saturday sharing our work together as we sketch the sites around the Main Street architecture and the  beautiful Wisconsin River!  The Farmer's Market is in full swing and should also provide interesting views to sketch for the day (and provide good food for later)!

Please feel free to join us at 10:00 a.m. or at 1:00 p.m. starting out at the north side of the fountain in the square on Main Street downtown Stevens Point.
I will have a sign posted on my sketchbook - 36th WORLD WIDE SKETCHCRAWL. Be a part of a worldwide event!

Sketchers choose what and where they want to sketch. We will get together at the local coffee place (Coffee Studio on Main Street) to share our work at 4:00 p.m. later Saturday afternoon.
Post a note here if you are joining in or just show up on Saturday.

SketchCrawls around the world.  For more information on this Sketchcrawl and other Sketchcrawl Locations on July 14 (around the world), see the forum at this website:

See you there!   Kathe   kathejulin@gmail.com

Monday, June 25, 2012

Watercolor Sketching - a good experience!
Just finished teaching a Watercolor class with a focus on Sketching out and about - Urban Sketching and Travel sketching.  The students were all different majors and Carolyn Matthews was an advanced student who did travel sketching and blogging in New Zealand.  I listed the websites below, but the links don't always seem to work through blogspot, so you can copy and paste them into the address area of your browser if needed.

Carolyn Matthews Travel Sketches can be seen on this website:
Other students in the class posted their work on these Flickr websites.  Fun to see the variety with the different majors ranging from Spanish to Art to Natural Resources. 

Colton and Falen Watercolors
Michelle Rehak Watercolors
This last painting is the view of a baseball field outside her window near sunset with the shadows of trees over part of the field.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/65541159@N00/7299641236/
Amy Fredrickson IA 331 Watercolors and more

My Flickr site has a few watercolors too and is an informal post of trying out ideas and sketches: http://www.flickr.com/photos/katjulin/

Carolyn starts her blog, "Joyful Participation in the Life of the Planet:  Design to communicate, inspire, and foster positive change"  with a good quote:
"Every design detracts or enhances our joyful participation in the life of the planet." -Buckminster Fuller

Sunday, December 18, 2011

35 years between paintings - oh my!

Sitting at the coffee house early this morning as the sun is rising and a golden orange melon hue is on the east horizon, I look back at this past week and think about how I have fit in my drawing and sketching and realize it is starting - just starting slowly - to fit in a little better to my hectic life style.
On Friday, I actually was able to take a larger block of time and I did a painting sketch of fruit (http://www.flickr.com/photos/katjulin/6526570789/in/photostream). It was in the evening after a long work day, but I felt driven (with some goals that I set for myself that week and would have been disappointed in myself not to accomplish). The painting that I made was of two pears and an embroidered white linen napkin on an oak table (there an odd feeling the next day as I ate one of the pears for a snack, after spending so much time looking at it, turning it, positioning it as an actor in a still life, drawing it, and painting it in color). I had not painted with acrylics for over 35 years, I realized on Saturday. (It's really never too late to start again .) Way toooo long to not do something that gives me a feeling of wonder and joy. I gave the painting to Lyna for her birthday.

Why do we do that? Wait so long to do something, because we do not have time? Or because we think we are not able to do it well, so we can't start until we have more time to practice? It comes down to priorities for our time and that we really do have control of our time. We can plan to fit some things in by taking the time (planning time for it is the key with busy schedules). This week, for the first time since the 1970s, I finally feel the need inside to continue each week, each day with my passion - drawing life, sharing what I see with others through expressing it visually. Once you start, it does become a habit, a ritual that feels right to do as a part of your life.

Also, fitting in something that I rarely do but enjoy, was to go see a movie on the big screen yesterday. Hugo, by Martin Scorsese. It was meaningful with a lot of points to think about woven through the themes in the movie - family, orphans, the feeling of being alone or lonely, hope, danger, magic, adventures, dreams, dreaming while awake, courage, destiny and more. The one that stood out was fixing things, making things work even if it wasn't as we planned or perfect, and perseverence towards our goal (stories are never over, but continue on).

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesday eve musings

As I work online at the local coffee house on Main Street, I thought I would take a break to put an entry on my sketching blog. This weekend I was able to fit in several sketches and it felt good and I actually wanted to keep on sketching but needed to move on to other commitments.

I decided to take some time to do an ink sketch of Main Street and even though I have drawn some similar views, I never get tired of drawing the street scene again (http://www.flickr.com/photos/katjulin/6459980939/in/photostream ).

As a real time sketch and not from a photo, it made me look closer at what was going on over time. People came and went, cars did the same as they parked in my view and then moved on. Sketching in real time makes one realize several things - how there are many things that come together that form a scene or experience and how quickly they can disappear. The buildings, though, remain as a setting for more experiences to happen at different times of the day, each with its own specialness and uniqueness to the individual "actors" in it.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

End of November Sketching Notes

End of November Sketching notes

This month involved a couple of different exercises for sketching: an imaginary one-eyed monster in colored pencil, a combination portrait of my two sons in charcoal pencil and a building in a landscape (Dover Castle, England) in pastels. All were a challenge in their own ways, both in content and in the material used.

The challenge of doing a one-eyed monster was that I usually do not draw things from my imagination, much less monsters. So in trying to visualize a monster, and then a one-eyed monster, I thought of what does a monster mean to us and why do we have monsters and are they imaginary or do we indeed have some real ones. Then my thoughts continued with a monster with one eye and the ones that were in myths. The first that came to mind are the Cyclopes in Greek and Roman mythology. The next monster on my list was “Mike” from the 2001 Walt Disney movie, Monster, Inc. So one type of monster was very scary and fearful, and the other was one with friendly attributes. I decided to pursue the “scary” monster for my drawing, but really did not know where to start, except with one eye (given in the directions for the drawing exercise). While defining a monster to myself, I thought also about our inner monsters and how they can be “one-eyed” or those with one focus. My drawing became a monster that evolved out of a scribble – the eye first and then the other parts, several hands, and a flask for collecting the dreams of others, leaving them without hope. That probably is my biggest fear is not having hope and dreams to follow – so that became my monster’s activity. I named the monster a “dream snatcher” (http://www.flickr.com/photos/katjulin/6318780554/in/photostream).

The second drawing is a combination of two portraits of my two sons. It is from a photograph that I took when I went out to visit them in Los Angeles and we walked out to the end of the Santa Monica pier and we stood awed by the Pacific Ocean. I titled it “Two Brothers Gazing at the Pacific Ocean” (http://www.flickr.com/photos/katjulin/6372963603/in/photostream). I have not worked in charcoal pencil since the 70s so it was an effort to try it again. I like how it creates contrasts of dark and light and will work with it more.

For this week’s drawing, our group was to use pastels. I have been trying different techniques with pastels – smudging and just sketching and this week, I kept to the sketch technique. I wanted to do architecture in a landscape, so I chose a photograph that I had taken this summer while traveling in England. It is of “Dover Castle”( http://www.flickr.com/photos/katjulin/6408682825/). I do like the colors of pastels and intend to also work more in this medium too.

It is inspiring to be working in a drawing group, because it keeps me obligated to turn in at least one drawing a week, based on the theme or assignment for that week. Being in this drawing group has helped me keep working in art (since it is easy to not find time, because there are so many other things to do too). The assignments have been varied and it has been interesting to be trying different mediums over the year. It is a drawing group that is doing a drawing a week for 52 weeks and it will end this December. I have enjoyed the different artists in the group and hope to keep in touch with them. Some of them are working on a traveling journal together, of which I am one, and it is traveling around and over to Germany as it is being worked on by members of the drawing group. It will be interesting to see the final art journal with all of our entries.

As the drawing group ends after 52 weeks of drawing together, I would like to keep doing a drawing a week and more as I can. I am also looking at posting more in Urban Sketchers - there are weekly theme assignments on their blog site too (http://www.flickr.com/groups/urbansketches/). Their theme for this past week was old buildings/new uses (http://www.flickr.com/groups/urbansketches/discuss/72157628042033541/). Now they are introducing themselves this week - old and new members, so it is interesting to see who is involved in drawing urban environments (http://www.flickr.com/groups/urbansketches/discuss/72157603435751639/page2/). This blog will help keep me working as I make entries to talk about the work. I look forward to more feedback too as I go.

Well, on to Week 48 of the drawing group work. More next week.