Looking back over 2016
I wrote a blogpost this time last year, looking back over 2015. Reading it now, I had an amazing year then, but this one has been just as extraordinary.
I have been involved in many events and projects in 2016, some planned, some serendipitous, all due my Moleskine Watercolour Sketchbook, Faber Castell Pencils, Lamy Safari Ink Pen and an absolute passion for drawing and sketching.
These have included”
- Cathy Johnson’s Book – Artists Sketchbook: Exercises and Techniques for sketching on the spot. I was invited to invited to contribute and am proud to see my name and sketch (p 57)
- Lost Trades Fair Once again I sketched a few of the stall holders. Earlier this year I met Lisa the organiser and I was invited to sketch and to become involved in it in a greater way, I wrote two blogposts about my day Part 1 and Part 2
- New Cards – I decided on six new drawings to join my range of greeting cards for sale in my Etsy online store. They were picked up by new stockists and also in current stockists, some who restocked during the year . My snail mail range expanded to include cards insert in side snail mail envelope.
- Law Institute Journal article – I was interviewed and a two page article was published in the Law Institute Journal. It is the publication for solicitors who are members of the Law Institute of Victoria. They have a page on the interest of people working the law. It is a beautifully written article that captures by life and working at the Supreme Court Library and my art outside it and how they have joined together.
- Etsy Sales – I have an Etsy online store selling my Greeting cards. This year I had 17 online orders, most with multiple card orders from California, New York, Ohio, Germany, Washington DC, Illonois and within Australia – from Toowoomba, Cranborne South, Sydney, Maroubra, Pyrmont, Melbourne and Kingston Beach and also 11 directly from friends and family and 9 from organisations.
- MRBW – Melbourne Rare Book Week . I was Urban Sketcher at 22 of the 56 events over one week. An exhilarating and exhausting week ! The sketches were used in the AANZAB report and shown internationally . I received some lovely generous feedback from those involved. I wrote a blog post each day . Read them here and see all the sketches here
- MRBW You Can’t Draw in Books? Exhibition . As part of MRBW I was invited to hold an exhibition at Melbourne City Library. I drew in books that were about to be thrown away, or that I bought for a few dollars. The next step for them would have been the bin.I gave the books a new life by drawing on the pages with my watercolourpencils. The image I choose to draw, reflected the words on the page.
- East Melbourne Library Exhibition You Can’t Draw in Books . I was fortunate enough to be invited to display my exhibition of You Can’t Draw in Books? at my local library, sharing it with new and local audience. It is lovely to read what people wrote in the Comments book that I left near the exhibition.
- Urban Sketching Symposium in Manchester, England – A three week holiday including one week in Manchester. It is too big to describe in a sentence- You’ll have to read my blog and see my three weeks of sketching
- Royal Historical Society of Victoria. I attended a conference on the 175 year of the Supreme Court of Victoria (which I work as a Reference Librarian) hosted by the RHSV and sketched the speakers and audience. This is what I do . I was very pleased to be able to share the sketches with the organiser and was mentioned in the RHSV , who mentioned me in the July 2016 History News (p5)
- and this led to some of the panelists asking for prints of my sketch and one of them using the sketch as their twitter icon.
- I was commissioned to illustrate a family cookbook, with recipes from the 1800’s to the 1960’s. It was a fun and challenging experience.
- I filled 15 Moleskine sketchbooks of sketching memories of my day to day life. I scan every page of my sketchbook and put them on Flickr (an image sharing website)
- Maintaining my weekly art blog
Thank you to everyone who follows my weekly art blog. I hope that you find it enjoyable and interesting to read, full of information. I hope that I am able to share a bit of my passion and obsession for the joy of drawing and watercolour pencils. If there are any questions you have about my pencils or drawing, please ask.
I have been provided with opportunities because of my sketching. It has introduced me to some of the most amazing and interesting people, some in the sketching world, and some not, through my involvement with events. They have fascinating lives and stories to tell. I am touched that that they find my drawing of interest. I finally got to meet some of my online art friends at the Manchester Urban Sketching Symposium.
2017 – the first six months
What is coming up?
February – My “You can’t Draw in Books/” Exhibition is travelling to Port Fairy, Victoria.
March – Lost Trades Fair – I will be involved sketching, somehow.
April – I have another exhibition planned at East Melbourne Library
July – Melbourne Rare Book Week is on again. I will be involved as an urban sketcher and will be involved in events. These are to be decided but will be exciting and challenging.
Please join me again in 2017