Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, CA is the perfect location for a day out! The street is named after Abbot Kinney, a developer, who in the 1890s built up the area to look like his idea of Venice in America (thanks Wikipedia!). Today, Abbot Kinney Blvd is home to a number of coffee shops, mixed use buildings, art studios, street art, food vendors, and so many shops. It’s a bustling tourist destination with plenty of things to do and people to see. I would definitely take a friend there for a day of photography (as we did) or the girls for a fun day of shopping (pro tip: set a budget, this place can get pricey).
This week, we went on a hunt for reference images! In my opinion, having a strong library of resources is one of the best thing you can do as an artist, designer or illustrator. It could be a library of fonts if you’re a designer, or in my case, it’s reference photos I can use later when working on an illustration. Animators and fine artists have a history of using reference images in their work, so you can say I took a page from their books – here is one of my favorite examples from Norman Rockwell.
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.