Tuesday Tips #3

Walk with me. Cholla blossoms watercolor by Rachel Murphree

Watercolor of cholla blossoms, 11″ x 14″ Click on image to view larger.

I have been traveling recently and not painting, but I will be back in the swing of it shortly now that we’re back home!  So here’s another painting that will be in August’s show, framed and for sale.

Today’s tips are geared toward traveling, whether away from home or traveling around your own town.

Look for art opportunities, to revitalize yourself with seeing art, or appreciating color combinations or shadows all around you.  While on our travels, I had the very good fortune of seeing the mid Atlantic show of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and you can download the PDF of the show catalog and see all the works.  The quality of the work was simply amazing!  Take an armchair tour of the show!

Seek out opportunities to view artists in their studios.  I visited Goggleworks, a cultural arts center in Reading PA, and highly recommend it if you are in the area.  It will be a “must visit” place for me whenever I’m in town there.  The refurbished google factory has six floors of artists and art associations, ongoing exhibits, an art film theater, great shop and café.  here’s a link to some of their artists and some video interviews with them.

Do you have artists’ studio open days in your community, or is there a museum or gallery you’ve always meant to see, but haven’t gotten there yet?  Make an art date with yourself and get inspired!

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