Sketching or doing art out in public is a bit scary. We go through an entire litany of questions: what will people think? what if we don’t know what we are doing? what if someone wants to look at what we are doing? what if???? It’s a bit worrisome and so we don’t do it. Even though it is a great way to increase our sketching skills.
So a group of us decided to form a public sketch-out. We wanted to sketch in public and improve our skills despite the fear. We thought if we went out in a larger group, we would be less intimidated by the whole experience. Safety in numbers you know.
And it worked. We had a group of about 20 women show up for our first public sketch-out at the Wisdom Tea House. We brought our sketchbooks and pens and pencils and staked out several tables in the courtyard. We had scrumptious tea and coffee and scones. The weather was cooperative. The flowers were blooming. The fountain was flowing. The birds were tweeting. There was lots of laughing along with the sketching. And guess what? It wasn’t scary anymore. It was fun. And we will now be meeting once a month as a group!
Think about finding your own group to join so that you can sketch in public without fear. It is a wonderful experience to share and you will be inspired by the creativity of your fellow artists.
I think we need a fun name for our group. Hmmmm…..