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Bring your pencil, pen, iPad, ...or your left foot – whatever you want to sketch with – and come ready to learn from, teach, and support fellow drawers. Each meeting we'll go to a different place, draw together and then maybe go for coffee afterward to talk about what we've done and learned. This group is for beginners as well as accomplished artists. “The sooner you make your first five thousand mistakes the sooner you will be able to correct them.” ― Kimon Nicolaides (author of "The Natural Way to Draw")

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Virtually cruising Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island with Kurlen Payton

Today we'll set sail with Kurlen for some gorgeous sites around Narragansett Bay. (Don't forget your hat, dark glasses and sunscreen!) We'll take 30 minutes at at least two sites with twenty minutes or so for questions and comments with Kurlan. I've included multiple photos in the photo section for us to choose from so you can preview the trip and maybe do some thumbnails before we start. The Zoom link will be available to those who RSVP yes. Please arrive in the waiting room between 10:20 and 10:30 so we can start on time. Debbie and Anna S. will be your Zoom hosts for today. Here is Kurlan from his blog* about his trip: "Narragansett Bay is a 10 mile by 25 mile estuary east of Rhode Island. I had the opportunity to spend 7 days on the bay aboard the sailing vessel Onward, a Catalina 470, with 4 adults and 2 toddlers. We spent 7 amazing days sailing around with a group called The Corinthians. Imagine Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn one day sailing around various harbors with their closest friends, making memories, enjoying daily happy hours on the water, and visiting and sketching a different harbor each day. I’m developing a bit of a formula on how to capture the best of these trips and immerse myself into that mystical “sketch flow” place while on a boat with the crew, including a 7 and 4 year old. First, I always use the water in which we are floating. I first stumbled into this by accident when I was sketching in an alley in Venice** early one morning. The rain started as I was finishing the sketch and there were rain drops on my moleskin before I completed the sketch. What I initially thought was a problem became another learning experience while doing spontaneous sketches. As the Moleskine paper ­— which doesn’t appreciate too much water— started to buckle a bit, I let some water slide off and allowed the paper to remain wet. I ducked into the apartment and used the rain water to throw down a wash with the early morning overcast shades of the wet morning Venice. Back to Narragansett, the varying degrees of salinity in the bay offered unpredictable and uncontrollable interactions with the pigment as always. About 2.4 billion gallons of freshwater enter the bay from rivers and other sources every day. This causes varying degrees of salinity depending on the proximity to fresh water sources. The upper bay has an average salinity of 24 ppm while the areas further south nearer to the open ocean average about 32 ppm. These sketches include impressions of early morning sunrise in Potter Cove Bight, multiple lighthouses around the bay, and multiple trips between various harbors around Conanicut Island, Jamestown, Fogland harbor, Bristol, and Block Island." * https://penpressionism.com/2017/08/05/sailing-naragansett-bay-august-2017/ ** https://penpressionism.com/2015/10/22/veneto-italy-sketchbook-october-2015/

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Virtual Sketchwalk Porto, Portugal

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