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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

An Illustrated Journey

 I’ve shared my travel journals with you (my readers) for years. You’ve become familiar with my uncontainable love of watercolor and my delight in sketching on location. I sketch anything that catches my eye… street scenes, people, open markets, cathedrals, lunch at a cafe… Each night before I go to sleep I reflect upon the day and write within the pages of my sketchbook. My adventures may be a short weekend up the coast or weeks away to a distant land. I may be with family or teaching a workshop to people I’ve met for the first time. I travel to see, experience, and explore my world…one sketch at a time. I am a sketch hunter! I have several shelves filled with these sketchbooks. They bring me a great source of joy.  Not only do I enjoy the experience of creating these books…I enjoy sharing them!

I don’t know if you are familiar with Danny Gregory’s books (Everyday Matters, An Illustrated Life, A Kiss Before You Go…).  I have followed his work for years and I admire his work greatly. A little over a year ago he asked me to be a contributor to his book “An Illustrated Journey”. Of course, I said YES!   
An Illustrated Journey captures the world through the eyes of talented artists, illustrators and designers. You'll experience the wonder of seeing familiar sights through a fresh lens but, more important, you'll be inspired to set pen to paper and capture your own vistas. The book features 40 artists and has 272 pages of sheer inspiration! Last week the book arrived at the warehouse and they have begun shipping to stores. The book will be in stores soon but you can preview and purchase on Amazon, now.
Danny thought it would be fun to introduce people to the artists in the book on a more personal level. To enhance the experience of reading the book, he has been recording video chats with the contributors and will be sharing them on YouTube and a special channel on Vimeo.  Each one is 20-60 minutes and he’ll be posting them twice a week.  Last week I did a video chat with Danny. It was great fun! I’ll let you know when my video chat is posted. You can also check Danny’s site to learn more.

Happy Sketching!
Brenda

11 comments:

  1. That's wonderful Brenda! Looks like a must have for my library! I've been so thrilled to find material out there that deals with the sketchbook as more than a tool for a value study! While I've been sketch booking for years in various ways, I'm glad to see it encouraged. First book I ever bought on the subject was yours! Thanks for sharing your love of it with others!

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  2. Brava, girl! I'm so excited to actually hold this book in my hands and read your words.

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    1. Thank you! I am eagerly awaiting my copy. It's a pleasure to be included with YOU and many other wonderful artists.

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  3. Amazon tells me it will ship the 19th. I can't wait!

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    1. Susan, Let me know when it arrives. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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  4. The photo of you in sketching bliss is wonderful. Nothing better than warm grass to sit on, art stuff surrounding you, and time.

    Cheers --- Larry

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    1. Larry, YES!I was in sketching bliss...in Tuscany. I felt like a little kid with all my favorite toys spread out around me.

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  5. Congratulations! I love your work and I look forward to seeing more of it in this new book. I'm anxiously waiting for my copy and a chance to take a peek inside.

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    1. Claire, I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on the book! Happy Sketching!

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  6. How wonderful I have the book on order... can't WAIT to see it... and now I'm even more excited knowing you'll be one of the 40 artists chosen. Congratulations Brenda.

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