Are you familiar with Meetup? I discovered this amazing website back in 2006 when I first moved to New York City. Meetup is basically a site where you can find people that enjoy the same things you do. Do you like knitting? There is a meetup for that. Do you like trying new restaurant? Yep, that too. Do you like pomeranians? They get together, too!
I started my Summer by attending this wonderful Meetup Event as part of the Central Park Sketching & Art Meetup Group. We met at the Grant Memorial and sketched both the areas outside and the inside of the memorial. It was such an amazing experience! We met at the beginning of the event and then went off to sketch by ourselves for about an hour. We gathered again to share our work by displaying it along a wall. No one knew which piece belonged to whom. We then went off a second time and gathered at the end of the hour.
I learned a lot about myself as an artist that day. I can’t sketch. I can’t draw realistically. My art is whimsical & FAR FAR from looking like the actual thing in front of me. At first, that upset me and then Marty told me that I just “see things differently” and that people would love to know how I do what I do. This sketch is nowhere near finished and it still sits like that in my journal.
This last sketch was of a stained glass window inside of the memorial. This is more ‘me’…bright colors and simple shapes. I plan to use it as a background for another drawing or collage. I enjoyed the experience and plan to go again in the future. If you love stamping, scrapbooking & art journaling, check out my Meetup Group-Gotham City Paper & Paint. We are a wonderful group of creative peeps of all experience levels and would LOVE to have you join the fun!