I love drawing outside! Yesterday, we took advantage of the sunshine in Riverside and wend down to UCR Botanic Gardens. The gardens are not super busy, there’s plenty of space, and it has this sort of relaxing hideaway type atmosphere so it’s easily of my favorite places to visit. Some flowers are just starting to bloom and it was so lush and green – my brain just goes on vacation when I’m there.
I drew some not quite in bloom lilac flowers and a very colorful rose. To draw outdoors, all I brought with me were sketching supplies: 2 pencils, 2 erasers, a sharpener, and a sketchbook. You don’t really need much else. If you want the sketch to look more finished, simply take a reference photo and fill in the colors later at home. What’s your favorite (outdoor!) place to draw? Let me know in the comments!
My last art walk of 2016 would turn out to be my last art walk as an Emporia Art Lofts resident. Long story short, it’s because my boyfriend and I decided to get hitched! Woo! More on that later, but for now I wanted to share how I would typically get ready for an art walk while still having a day job. I’ll definitely come back to visit my Ontario family! It was so much fun to live there, and the community is amazing and so welcoming. To me, it was so inspiring to be around other creatives and it was a unique look into how artists of many, many disciplines live and work. If you live around Ontario, CA, the art walks happen every third Saturday of January, March, June, August & November so please visit and support your local artists.
Art favorites are very hard to nail down, because really ALL my art tools are my favorites. Who can forget the eraser, that unsung hero! Sorry, I’ve been watching too much Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and my speech patterns only just adapting to modern English again. I hope you find these helpful or if you want, share what you’ve been liking – I’m always looking for new art supplies to try (and fall in love with!).