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Moment Catchers Project February

Congratulations, my friends!

Can you believe our second Moment Catchers sketching challenge is officially a wrap? As you’ll soon see in our “by the numbers” graphic below, we had just about the same number of sketch artists take part this month, and from the same number of countries and continents as in January’s challenge — and the breadth of our global community continues to amaze me.

If the defining emotion of last month’s challenge for me was wonder, then this month, it was gratitude — because I can’t tell you how grateful I am to see our community growing and coming together like this every month.

All weekend, I loved seeing many of the same artists join the challenge who also took part in January, and it was especially fun to be able to recognize your styles and points of view. While I so hope I’ll have the chance to meet all of you in person one day, for now, it’s wonderful to be getting to know you more through your sketchbooks.

And now, without further ado, let’s take a look at the moments you caught this weekend:

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Australia

1. Amanda

Summer sketching in the garden:

2. Max

Catching weekend moments in Melbourne:

3. Serena

Forest Lake reflections in Queensland:

4. Victoria

Staying cool in Sydney’s heat:

Finally finished with the mess on my dining table!! Absolutely loving every moment of #momentcatchers

A post shared by Victoria Hannah (@theartofbeingfree) on

Canada

5. Francois

Coffee with a view in Vancouver:

6. Genevieve

Finding inspiration, even under the weather:

Got my tea, but dreaming of hot chocolate. #momentcatchers #hotchocolate #tea #morning #winter

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7. Jill

Overheard moments in Toronto:

8. Treava

Layered sketches and observations at the McMichael Art Gallery:

9. Yvonne

Falling in love with strangers on the subway:

England

10. Angela

Moment-catching on a full day of errands:

Italy

11. Rebecca

Enjoying the peace of a calm day in Naples:

Georgia

12. Tami

Anticipating adventures soon to come:

Building up expectations for the trip, or decision to abandone them at all and head like a blank page, is also part of travel adventure 👀👣 Dear @candacerardon, here I am, joining your beautiful initiative of sharing moment catcher sketches ❤🎨For this weekend's sketch I choose landscape, that's not in my immediate vicinity, yet 😉 but as I was forced to stay indoors due to sickness, I don't think that's cheating 😊.. still long way to go in mastering sketching, but good to start somewhere, so thank you for a good kick and inspiration! And I'm grateful to @franslanting for sharing his adventures from africa, hope you'll also like this modest variation of your beautiful photograph taken in Namibia 😊❤ #momentcatchers #sketching #watercolor #shareart #travelsketch #doodles #traveldiaries #kickstarter #waterblog #watercolorart #franslanting

A post shared by Tami Bagashvili (@nomadinyou) on

Mexico

13. Maria

Drawing inspiration from life:

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The Netherlands

14. Jobien

Arguably the most charming restaurant in Utrecht:

New Zealand

15. Kerry

Capturing theNorth Island’s vivid colors and landscapes:

Singapore

16. Elisa

Appreciating the colors of everyday life:

United States

17. Cara

Catching moments along California’s Slow Coast:

A little snap that @jerimiahbb took of me today doing a little sketching #momentcatchers

A post shared by Cara Brown (@carakozik) on

18. Jennie

Inspiration in the heart of San Francisco:

#momentcatchers

A post shared by Jennie Cobb (@jennie.l.cobb) on

19. Joan

Sketching plein air in Sayville, New York:

20. Linda

Capturing essentials of South Dakota:

21. Michele

Finding color on the greyest of days:

Uruguay

22. Gabriela

Weekend fun in Punta del Este:

23. José

A classic colonial streetscape in Colonia del Sacramento:

Calle de los Suspiros y del "nos sacas una foto ya que estas ahi?" 😂✍🏼 | Colonia

A post shared by Jose I. Bonifacino (@josebonifacino) on

24. Candace

Yours truly, along Colonia’s oldest street:

I couldn't imagine a better setting for a little moment-catching today than the historic town of Colonia, one of the oldest towns in Uruguay and just a two-hour drive from Montevideo. Colorful colonial buildings, terra cotta tiled roofs, and cobblestoned streets have always been some of my favorite things to sketch, so this streetscape was pure joy to bring to life. I hope you're all enjoying our second Moment Catchers challenge this weekend, and I can't wait to see more of your sketches! 😊 // No pudiera imaginar un mejor lugar para atrapar algunos momentos hoy que el pueblo histórico de Colonia, uno de los pueblos más antiguo en Uruguay y solamente dos horas de Montevideo. Espero que todos ustedes estén disfrutando nuestro segundo desafío de Atrapadores de Momentos este fin de semana, y tengo muchas ganas de ver más de sus croquis!

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Thank you again to everyone who took part in our second Moment Catchers project! I’m already looking forward to our next challenge on March 4th and 5th, 2017.

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  • This is fantastic! Thanks again for hosting + compiling/sharing everyone’s sketches, Candace. I also loved knowing that many others were sketching along with me, all over the globe. 🙂

    • You are so very welcome, Rebecca! I’m just glad you could take part in this month’s challenge again–especially from beautiful Naples 🙂 Hope you’re continuing to have a wonderful journey! Will you be in Italy for a while? <3

      • We’ll see—I just got to Rome today and will stay here a week. That’s as far out as I’ve planned at the moment 🙂

  • I love this. It brightened my morning and made me happy. Thank you to all of the artists for sharing their worlds!

    • I’m so happy to hear this brightened your day, Jessie–then our humble mission was accomplished 🙂

  • Genevieve

    I am so happy to see all the different pieces rounded up together like this, such beautiful images and variation in styles! Thank you Candace and fellow momentcatchers. =)

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the roundup, Genevieve, and I loved getting to include two of your beautiful sketches in it this time! And I couldn’t agree more about the variation in our styles–for me, looking at the roundup feels like looking at the world through an ever-shifting kaleidoscope, and I’m already excited to see what we all create in March 🙂 Hope you’re feeling a bit better this week! <3

  • Amanda Thompson

    Thanks again for a great round up Candace. It is lovely to have a trip around the world each moment and hard to grasp really that I am part of such an amazing community. Bring on March!

    • Thank *you*, Amanda, for being a part of this community! And for letting us journey along with you as you continue growing and exploring the world of sketching 🙂 I truly love the lightness and thoughtfulness of your style, and so look forward to seeing what you create in March! <3

  • Great work, everyone! I’ve commented on all that I was able to — a few didn’t have links so great work to them too. What a fun challenge this is. Thanks for making it happen, Candace. 🙂

    • You are so welcome, Serena! And thank *you* for taking part in our first two challenges this year so far 🙂 Can’t wait to see what your sketchbook brings to life in March!

  • Joan T

    I enjoyed seeing everyone’s sketches from so many different locations in the world. Thank you all for sharing your work, and thanks, Candace for your work in putting this together.

    • Absolutely, Joan! It was a true pleasure to put this roundup together, and I’m so glad you could take part in our challenge this month 🙂 Thank you for letting us glimpse a bit of New York through your eyes and sketchbook!

  • Victoria Hannah

    Utterly agree with what you say Candace, and other momentcatchers, about that family feeling. I feel I cannot let our group down by not doing the monthly sketch and it absolutely forces me to get out and get it started albeit, still not finished outdoors! The weather in Sydney currently is utterly vile and I cannot even sit in the shade, one of our hottest, if not the hottest on record, temps way up into the 30oC and into the low 40oC with excessively high humidity. I come from Auckland which is an isthmus so should be used to the humidity!! It is just wonderful to see the different styles, palette colours and layouts and exactly what you say Amanda, a super trip around the world with like minded friends. I get so excited waiting for Monday morning to see everyone’s work and comments~ really love the comments to see where all our heads are at!!! Thank you Candace and moment catchers friends.

    • Victoria, your comment just made my day–I love that you’ve also got that “family feeling” about our Moment Catchers community, and I for one am just so glad you’re a part of it 🙂 Your style is so lovely, vivid, and unique, and I truly look forward to seeing more of Sydney through your eyes every month. It’s also crazy to hear about the heat and humidity right now–I’ll be hoping things cool down for you soon! Thank you again for being part of our second challenge, and I can’t wait to see what you create in March! <3

  • khari

    Oh, Candace, these sketches are all so wonderful! I am sincerely impressed with each one! Happy to be able to witness this! Too shy still to show anything I have done. Still, I am practicing and I gain new hope everyday that one of these times I will be able to put something on this page. To all of you, BRAVO, 1000 times, BRAVO!!!!~ I love what you are achieving. Keep going straight ahead! – khari

  • Roberta Charles

    Some dynamite sketches that I thoroughly enjoyed, took my time with each one and am so impressed with the diversity. This burgeoning project is a wonderful idea and it really seems to have taken off. I’m sure you have put a lot of time and effort into it and it now has a life of its own. Thank you so much for sharing and I look forward to may more world tours.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and support for the Moment Catchers project, Roberta! I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed the sketches as much as I did, and I too love how each roundup is essentially a little tour around the world through everyone’s sketchbooks–I may be a bit biased, but I do believe there’s something special about this 🙂 I’m so glad the project is resonating with you as well, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!

  • Kar

    !Que dibujos preciosos! Such a wonderful idea for everyone around the globe to stop and capture something beautiful and positive around us. Time to regroup and rethink the way we feel and see the world without being swept into the current stage of chaos. Even for one day a month.! Thank you all so much for sharing your precious moment and creations. Y muchisimas gracias Candace por la oportunidad de compartir. ! Enhorabuena!

    • Kar, te agradezco mucho por tus palabras amables sobre este proyecto y la colección des croquis! I also love what you wrote here–“Time to regroup and rethink the way we feel and see the world.” It’s interesting that the Moment Catchers project has begun to evolve at such a critical and challenging time in our world–on the surface, the timing wasn’t intentional on my part, but now that you’ve mentioned it, it also feels like the perfect time to continue stepping back from the turmoil every now and then and focusing on the small moments of beauty and connection around us. Thank you so much for pointing that out, and for sharing such encouragement for the project–muchisimas gracias por eso! <3

  • Sunny Christian

    I am so disappointed in myself–the weather here was sooo very dark, which is very depressing to me and I just cannot get myself to go out anywhere in it. I was happy enough staying in, but thot sketching something indoors just wouldn’t work. So I did nothing. And now that I see everyone’s sketches, I’m so mad at myself for not doing Something! Well, this is a very good, but hard, lesson for me. Never again will I cop out. I will sketch! and Everyone, you did a great job!! xox

    • Sunny! Please *please* don’t be so hard on yourself 🙂 Having experienced cold, dark winters before myself, I so understand how hard it can be to feel inspired to make art, when you’re expending so much energy just on staying warm! But please know that you were missed during our last challenge, and that I so hope you’ll have a chance to join us again in March 🙂 <3

      • Sunny Christian

        Candace, you are such a sweetie–you are going great places, I look forward to seeing many great and interesting and creative things from you long into the future. And, thanks for the encouragement, and, yes, I will sketch in March–I just read this, when you get down, get up! xox

        • Thank you so much, Sunny! And thank you for sharing such great advice as well–that’s so helpful to keep in mind 🙂 See you in March!! <3

  • Brenda K

    So pretty!! I love how you have been doing this. I found some new favourites to follow here, and I hope to join next time. 🙂 What a fun challenge.

    • I’m so glad you loved the roundup, Brenda! And it would be so lovely to have you join our next challenge, especially as I’m such a fan of your wonderful sketches 🙂 <3

  • Treava

    Candace, thank you so much for doing this and for your support! What a great collection of images. This is such a wonderful community! And the map is gorgeous! Thank you again, Candace.❤

    • Absolutely, Treava! It is completely my pleasure, and I’m just thrilled to have you be part of the community 🙂 And I’m so glad you loved the map as well! Sending a big hug your way this morning. <3

  • Kerry

    Thank you Candace for initiating and sustaining this wonderful community of connection. It’s a joy to see so many different views of the world and to connect with each of them. I’m looking forward to next month! And thank you for your assistance – looks like we have the Disqus issue sorted?!

    • Kerry! This is such a wonderful note to see, not least because it means that strange Disqus issue must finally be worked out 🙂 I’m thrilled that you’re able to leave comments now, especially as you’re such a valued part of the Moment Catchers community. I just adore your sketches from our first couple of challenges, and I can’t wait to see what scene you capture next month! <3

      • Kerry

        Thanks Candace! Yes, looks like it’s been resolved – thank you for following it up for me. (I have sent you an email, not sure if you got it – I have been ‘on the edge’ of internet reception for the past few days). I’m pleased and proud to be a part of the community and I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone posts next month! Hope you’re having a beautifully creative day.

        • I’m so glad to hear that, Kerry! Also, I loved your last email and will be replying to it soon 🙂 Wishing the same beauty and inspiration for you this week. <3