Bell Museum Sketch Out: Part 1

February 2, 2010

Peek at Ken Avidor’s Bell Museum sketches!

Go now and check out Ken Avidor's fantastic pen and colored pencil sketches made during the  MCBA Visual Journaling Collective's Bell Museum sketch out (which was really a "sketch in," necessary in Minnesota on really cold winter days, though Sunday it was sunny and in the teens). Ken has inspired me to focus on building aspects on my next trip! His artwork will inspire you to sketch your surroundings. One of participants on Sunday said, "The Avidors set the bar really high, and that's good." [Roberta Avidor is also a professional artist. See Marty Harris' dual portrait of the artistic Avidors here.] It is indeed good when you can sketch out with talented artists comfortable sketching in public.

Take opportunities to sketch out whenever you can, either by yourself or in a group. If you feel your skills are less than you would like go anyway. It's only with practice that you will improve. You can learn by the observation of talented artists like the Avidors—learn from the choices they make, the editing that they do. But artists of all skill levels add to a group's push to observe. We all see things differently; we all notice different things. In sharing our art in a group sketch out, no matter the level we are currently working at, we are helping others see things from our own perspective. Skilled artists also learn from beginning artists in sketch out groups. And everyone's persistence and focus is enhanced.

I will be posting more about the outing tomorrow (Wednesday) after I have had a chance to scan my sketches.

  1. Reply

    Thanks Roz. I had a great time and it was fun to see what the other folks did.

    Now that I know the easy bus route, I’m going more often.

    • Roz
    • February 2, 2010

    Ken, I can’t wait to see what else you sketch there!

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