March 19 Event: Picture this! Capturing Travel in Ink and Paint

Travel sketching is a great way to record trips. Never tried it?  Maybe you think, “I can’t draw or paint!”  Artist Pat Meier-Johnson says you can and will show you some simple ways to get images on paper with ink and a splash of watercolor. There are no mistakes here – the aim is to record impressions, ideas and a quick image – and have fun.

We’ll meet at 10 am Saturday, March 19 at the Meier-Johnson home in Sonoma for coffee, tea and pastries. After brief business meeting, Pat will share some travel sketches to inspire us, and lead a hands-on how-to. The BATW will provide special pens, watercolor kits, and watercolor paper for a nominal fee (see below).  If you have your own materials, bring them along with any of your travel sketches.

After getting acquainted with materials and idea of travel sketching, we’ll set off for Sonoma Plaza, either by car or on foot – it’s a short one-mile walk down a nearby walking path – to do some sketching. There are many little scenes and subjects on the plaza you can try to capture on paper.

At about noon, we’ll gather at the historic Sonoma Plaza at the fountain on the First Street East side of the plaza  to share our work, socialize and make lunch plans. There are a bunch of places within walking distance for lunch.

And as an added bonus, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art has graciously extended to us a free pass to view their marvelous irreverent show, Out of Our Minds


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