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Your Summer Art Guide

Your Summer Art Guide. A Guide to Making and Enjoying Art this Summer. At

Summertime has arrived and routines have given way to sun and fun: lounging on your favorite patio, bike riding, swimming, picnics in the park… But what about art?

The summer can be a great time to spend in the studio, but it can also be a great time to get out of it. With the beautiful weather and the urge to get outside, with holidays and visits with family and friends, your art practice can easily fall by the wayside. I want to show you that it is easy and fun to integrate art into your summer, albeit in a different form than a traditional studio practice.

If you’re looking to shake things up this summer, perhaps discover new practices that are interactive, social, and can be done from anywhere, I have just what you need: Your Summer Art Guide!

The ultimate goal of the series is to get you making art this summer. That said, it is also about enjoying art, whether through studio visits, reading art-related books or attending your local art fair. It will help you multiply your ways of being creative and engaged with your practice.

A sneak peak at some of the many topics that will be covered:

  • keeping a sketchbook
  • travel art journals
  • plein air painting
  • making art on vacation
  • getting the most out of visits to art museums and galleries
  • attending art festivals
  • participating in or offering workshops
  • urban sketching
  • taking reference photos for painting
  • making art with your kids
  • summer art reading
  • DIY projects

The first three posts in the series will be about how to keep up your art practice while traveling by adapting it to suit your particular vacation scenario (three different scenarios will be discussed). If you don’t already have a regular art practice, you’ll find plenty of inspiration and information in the first post on how to start a sketchbook – a rewarding art practice in itself.

Why make art on your travels? There are so many reasons.

Practically speaking, sketches and studies can serve as reference material to bring back to the studio and develop into ‘finished works’. They keep your eye and hand attuned so you don’t find yourself rusty when September rolls around. Beyond that, an art journal is a beautiful document that houses memories of your voyage or adventures that you can share with family and friends. It differs from photographs in that it shows it all through your eyes – your impressions or interpretations of places, events, encounters. Finally, it is a chance to discover another creative outlet to add to your repertoire. It offers a world of mark-making that may be radically different from your everyday practice.

Many historical artists, including John Singer Sargent, Berthe Morisot, and James McNeill Whistler, made amazing sketches on their journeys that are now appreciated as works in themselves. Just a sample of a few:

John Singer Sargent, Scuola di San Rocco, Watercolor, 1903
John Singer Sargent, Scuola di San Rocco, watercolor, 1903
Berthe Morisot, Boats on the Seine, oil, 1880
Berthe Morisot, Boats on the Seine, oil, 1880
James McNeill Whistler, The Storm - Sunset, pastel, 1880
James McNeill Whistler, The Storm – Sunset, pastel, 1880
John Singer Sargent, Venetian Canal, watercolor
John Singer Sargent, Venetian Canal, watercolor
James McNeill Whistler, Canal Scene in Holland, watercolor
James McNeill Whistler, Canal Scene in Holland, watercolor

I encourage you to take the leap and try it out. I’ll be there alongside you to offer ideas and inspiration.

The first post in the series is coming soon! In the meantime, I’d love to hear about what you are doing this summer? Do you have any travel lined up? Are you planning to make art on your holidays? Are you interested in starting a sketchbook or learning to use watercolours?

I welcome feedback on any topics that would be of interest to you. I will do my best to include them as posts in this series.



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9 Replies to “Your Summer Art Guide”

  1. Thanks for putting me in your backpack too! Looking forward to seeing more…

    1. Glad to have you along for the ride!

  2. thanks a million! i’ve never thought about how i could keep doing art on the road but you’ve just opened my eyes… so looking forward the next posts for detail. will be heading down the west coast!

  3. i’m stoked for summer. i want to do some urban sketching on my visit to see my brother in seattle. it should be awesome.

    1. Seattle’s a great city. There will be more on sketching in the next post. Have fun!

  4. I would love to see a post on plein air painting.

    1. Great, I have a post on that coming up. Stay tuned!

  5. I’m going to Barcelona in two weeks!! I definitely want to bring my sketchbook with me. I can’t wait to see Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia!

    1. I was there a few summers ago and it was amazing! The featured photo is actually from there. Have a great time! And do bring your sketchbook – you won’t regret it 🙂

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