So here I am, suitably re-charged. Where to begin? Well, after I I put up my exhibition, I stayed in Manchester in student halls for a week, to be with the 500 other sketchers, from all around the globe, who were coming for the Urban Sketchers Symposium. Which meant I had to be in both exhibition and symposium mode simultaneously, the whole time I was there. It was pretty exhausting, but also exhilarating.
I went to some excellent workshops and demonstrations at the symposium, including working with the legendary KK (above) who showed us how to draw with a sharpened stick (yes, really), a lovely relaxing session in the park, drawing trees with Robyn Bauer:
This was really good for me, as I always get side-tracked by interesting twiddly bits, so quite often can't fit the whole building on the page. Here is Liz, doing a demonstration piece, after which, we all did a 2nd, longer sketch. I didn't get a photo of mine unfortunately, before I donated it to the symposium auction - an annual fundraiser for Urban Sketchers. The symposium team scanned all the donations though, so there's a copy out there, which I'll get once the dust settles, I expect.
One of my favourite pieces from the symposium is this watercolour I did at Castlefield, shortly after my painting workshop with one of the most beautiful watercolourists around, Shari Blaukopf. She focused her session on painting with a limited palette, which really works. This is only 3 colours:
Shari has a new Craftsy class out by the way. Great stuff. It's really so useful. I recommend it!
During the symposium, I went to lectures too. One on graphic-novel storyboarding, by the urban illustrator Favian Ee; another on teaching non-artists to draw by ethnographer, Karina Kushnir:
If anyone is interested, I am now offering these 'empowerment workshops'. At the moment this is just available for ready-made groups in the UK, such as schools, libraries or art clubs, but I am thinking of running a workshop individuals can sign up for next year. Let me know if you want to hear about that, once I've got it together.
The film of my lecture will be available in a month or so on my new website (yes, that's another thing to tell you about... next time perhaps). My lecture was the perfect opportunity to plug the exhibition again of course, which was luckily only down the road.
The private view of the show was on the Friday night, to coincide with a free evening for the symposium delegates, to make sure lots of people came. That plan worked like a dream. We had a full house. I changed into my best frock and Sue Heath and myself took it in turns to climb up onto the windowsill and say a few words: