To those who will be joining me:
Arthur at the Rowe Center tells me that we have maxxed out at 40 attendees and have 10 additional people on the waiting list. That’s encouraging.
A few random thoughts.
1. I have pretty much worked out how I think the weekend will flow. I’ll give a few slide show/ presentations and some direction on drawing and sketchbooking generally. We’ll do some drawings together inside and then have lots of opportunities to wander around Rowe and draw. We’ll have a number of opportunities to meet and hang out, and to share our work with teach other.
As you know, I’m not really an art teacher but I hope to tell you what I have learned from doing this for (yipes!) more than 15 years, and to inspire you however I can. I imagine there will be a lot of opportunities to talk and ask questions and, as I assume I will forget to cover all sorts of things when I do my slide shows, I’ll be counting on you to provoke me with questions that will provide additional useful answers.
2. I plan to bring a bunch of my sketchbooks to pass round. If you have any projects you’d like to bring along to share, please do.
3. We might set up a flickr group or continue this Facebook group after the weekend so we can keep sharing images from our sketchbooks if we like.
4. We’re also going to bring some copies of my last few books in case you want to round out your library or have me inscribe them for you or just spread the word among all the people who will be so impressed by your newly developed drawing skills and want to get in on the action too.
5. Someone brought up the possibilities of mayflies bugging us as they are common in Vermont in Spring (hence the name “May”flies) and could drift across the border to Mass. Arthur assures me they will be gone by the time we arrive and if not he will stand over us with a swatter. Just in case, you could bring light-colored clothing and some repellant. I am a worrier but I don’t plan to worry about mayflies. I will however be armed for bear.
6. The experience of putting this weekend together has been fun and creative and I think I will try to do this more often, maybe in other beautiful places.
If you have any suggestions of specific sites for future drawing workshops (anywhere in the world), please let me know.
If you are planning to come to my weekend workshop, please message me (dannyATdannygregory.com).
I’d love to assemble an online group beforehand so we can chat and I can give you tips on what to bring (firearms, scuba gear, chocolate biscuits, etc).
The group is going on FBook. Let me know if you are coming and want to join.
So, listen, I have always thought it would be nice to get a group of people together and draw in a lovely place. You could call it a class, a workshop, a mildly dirty weekend ( if you are sloppy with your ink) , whatever you want, but it could be fun if I could ever get it together.
It seems I finally have.
Last fall I was contacted by Arthur Samuelson, a lovely man who is the director of the Rowe Camp and Conference Center in the Berkshires in Massachusetts and asked if I might want to come up and do a workshop there in late spring. It does seem like the perfect place to spend some time together drawing and so I have agreed to do it on the weekend of May 31- June 2.
It is an accesible place but also remote enough to be a proper get-away. And what I really like is how affordable it is, room and boardwise — they even are willing to price things according to need, so I hope you can manage it.
It will be a three day event, from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. We will get together on Friday evening, I will talk a bit and discuss a plan for the weekend. And I will show examples from my journal collection. Then you can thumb through em (and hopefully share some of your own). After a good breakfast on Saturday we will set out to draw in the woods, the lake, and the small town nearby. In the evening, we’ll sit around together and share journals and stories. Then on Sunday we’ll do some more drawing and writing and scatter home after lunch.
I will post a lot more about it very soon but just wanted to get the word out now so you can make plans a reserve a place (I think the number of attendees may be limited). This is my first time doing such a thing so if you have any suggestions, please let me know.
Here’s the link for details and registration.
Even if you have NEVER drawn before, please consider joining us. I will be fun and not at all traumatic, I promise! I really hope you can come.
I did a long interview on the radio this morning with Paula Granquist on “ArtZany!: Radio for the Imagination” on KYMN Radio in Minnesota. We talked about A Kiss Before You Go but the conversation was far more wide ranging and covered many important creative concepts. It’s about 45 minute long and you can hear it here.
I was also on some other shows in the past couple of weeks including:
- TURNING PAGES, KCBX Public Radio FM 90 San Luis Obispo, CA (March 11)
- THE ROUNDTABLE on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio. Hear here. (March 12)
- IT’S YOUR HEALTH RADIO, WUML, Boston Talks, Boston, MA (March 19)
- MORNING EDITION, WOJB 88.9 FM, Hayward, WI (March 19)