What a weekend, my friends!
When the idea for the Moment Catchers Project first came to me, it was hard to know what exactly the response would be. But before going to sleep on Friday night, I checked Instagram one last time for the day and was amazed to see a couple of sketches had already been shared from Australia, where the weekend was officially underway.
That first moment of wonder really set the tone for the weekend for me, as I continued to be surprised by just how many of you joined our first sketching challenge, and from so many different corners of the world—from Mexico to the Netherlands to New Zealand, and from five different continents in total. Here’s a look at how our first challenge went by the numbers:
There’s so much I loved about our first challenge this weekend—seeing the seasons represented so differently in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres; refreshing the #momentcatchers feed on Instagram to see the latest sketches that had been shared; and especially reading the conversations that were taking place in the comments, as you all followed each other’s work and got to see a different corner of the world through their eyes.
But what I wanted to share most with you today was already said perfectly by another sketch artist in the project, Jean Kelly, who joined us on Saturday from the Philippines. Here’s what she shared with her sketch on Instagram:
“I wasn’t able to do outdoor sketching as often as I wanted to last year, partly because I was a bit apprehensive to get my art materials out and sketch alone in public. Joining the challenge felt great because somehow I didn’t feel alone even when my ‘sketching buddies’ were miles away and time zones apart.”
I felt that same sense of connection and community while I was sketching in Uruguay on Saturday, and I hope you all did, too. Thanks so much to everyone who took part — now let’s see your sketches!
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Ripples and reflections at Quart Pot Creek:
A not-so-secret swimming hole:
Stone circles and sketchbooks:
Day 7 of 365 – My quick on-location sketch of the stone circle at the local Wetlands. Also linking up with Candace Rardon's #momentcatchers monthly challenge. #sketch #sketchbook #locationsketching #stonecircle #illustration #moleskine #inkandwatercolour #watercolour #365sketchadaychallenge #365sketchaday #pensketch
Staying cool in Sydney’s heat:
Thank you Candace for starting this sketching challenge, it has really started a fire in me. Ever since I saw your gorgeous drawings in National Geographic ages ago something resonated in me and a major regret has pursued me ever since for not continuing my art. This sketch is of Sydney Harbour from the absolutely beautiful #wendywhitelysecretgarden. I only spent a short time actually doing the initial pencil sketch before the 29oC heat got to me, so I took a photo and continued at home. Is that cheating? Next month I promise to stay out and finish it, I will find more shade!! #momentcatchers #inktenseblocks
Saturday morning on Granville Island:
Drawing inspiration from the slopes:
Sketching Calgary in real-time:
Cozy view on a colder world outside:
Catching moments in the conservatory:
“Suddenly Winter” in Berlin:
"Suddenly #Winter" – a little contribution to @candacerardon's monthly #momentcatchers #sketching challenge to get us out more often with #sketchbook and #painting kit. Even though I'm a day late this time, check out that fun challenge and the results. (@fabercastellglobal Pitt Artist Pens on #Vang drawing pad.)
Ice cream shops and inspiration:
Room with a view:
I chose to do a small interior sketch today, as it was very cold (and a bit white) outside. First Saturday of next month I hope to sketch outside.. 😎 Following the initiative of @candacerardon. #momentcatchers 😊 . . . #interior #couch #illustration #drawing #tekening #waterverf #draw #sketch #sketchbook #watercolour #watercolor #watercolorpencils #watercolourpencils #worldwatercolorgroup #doodlewash #pen #moleskineart
Summer holiday tradition:
Finding peace in the city:
Morning therapy sketch:
An unlikely sketching assistant:
I'm taking on Candace Rardon's monthly challenge – http://www.candaceroserardon.com/2017/01/moment-catchers-project/. I've been wanting to capture this old barber shop in Mountain View before it makes room for new development. I just had a bit too much help painting it tonight, so will post the finished product tomorrow. #momentcatchers #momentsketchers
Drawing inspiration from rescue dogs:
Saturday at Sea Life Park:
The magic of snowfall:
Making the most of a sick day:
Yours truly, at a Montevideo icon:
First sketch of 2017! And first sketch for our Moment Catchers project, my friends 😊 As I'll continue to be based in Montevideo this year, I wanted to share more of the city with you today, so I decided to sketch the iconic Montevideo sign that overlooks Pocitos Beach. I'm grateful our first sketching challenge gave me the push I needed to get my sketchbook out today, and I can't wait to see more of your sketches! 🎨
Sketching a Montevideo classic:
Weekend creative creations:
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Thank you again to everyone who took part in our first Moment Catchers project! I’m already looking forward to our next challenge on February 4th.
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