My friends, if there was an unofficial theme for our third Moment Catchers sketching challenge, it was undoubtedly the weather — in all its capricious glory.
All last week, I was looking forward to sketching outside in the former Jewish neighborhood of Reus in Montevideo, where one street in particular is lined with colorfully painted houses. My boyfriend and sketching partner-in-crime José and I did indeed make it to that street on Saturday, but only in time for the wind to pick up and the sky to darken with heavy, gray clouds.
“What do you think?” José asked me as we stood indecisively beside a blue-and-green house, knowing that any sketches we might start would surely be rained out.
“You know, I kind of love the idea of sketching indoors today,” I said to him. “Some of the other Moment Catchers mentioned they’ll have to do the same. Both Angela and Victoria said it’s probably going to be raining in Leeds and Sydney, so it’s actually fun to think we’ll all be looking for shelter today…”
And so we changed our plans, promising each other we’d return to Reus on another [hopefully sunnier] day.
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When I think about it now, I can’t imagine many other circumstances where I would be so well-acquainted with — and concerned about — the weather forecasts in so many different cities across the world.
But as it turns out, the Moment Catchers community is such a circumstance, one in which I now find myself taking note of whether or not it’s supposed to rain each weekend in England, Australia, and a dozen other countries in between. I absolutely love that sense of global connection and awareness about this project — but moment-catcher Victoria in Sydney said it best on Instagram:
“I didn’t find it easy to start. I wasted about 25 minutes walking around getting a bit depressed because it was raining…In the morning I wasn’t sure I could do this, but when I finished in the afternoon, I was so uplifted, especially when my ‘friends’ around the world had the same weather predicament and did AMAZING sketches.”
I’ve come to love this two-part process to each Moment Catchers challenge — first being fully present in the moment in order to sketch it; then coming home, getting online to see everyone else’s sketches, and suddenly feeling a part of something much bigger than my own singular experience.
And yet, what is even more exciting about Moment Catchers today is this — we are growing, friends! For each of our first two challenges, we had 24 artists take part from 10 or 11 different countries. This past weekend, both of those figures grew by more than 150%.
This was our biggest turnout yet, so I can’t wait for you to see the full collection of moments you all caught this weekend:
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I find myself in Sydney unexpectedly this weekend – without my paints! Wet weather so this is a sketch from a photo I took earlier this week: Crown Street, Surry Hills, Sydney. The colour will have to wait! My March submission for the Moment Catchers project. Thanks Candace Rardon! #momentcatchers #candacerardon
Another Moment Catchers weekend is upon us hosted by the very talented @candacerardon. We decided to go for a country drive out Beaudesert way. I managed a very rushed work-in-progress sketch of a windmill near the picnic table we sat at for lunch. More pics from our day on my blog… Link in BIO. #momentcatchers #sundaysketches #sketchbook #sketch #countrydrive #inkandwatercolours #wip
5pm Sydney,3am Montevideo!! Finally finished my #momentcatchers sketch for this month. I will never make any money as an artist! 1 1/2 hrs down at #primrose park cremorne for the initial sketch before the pesky showers finally got to me and headed home. 1/2hr to finish pencil drawing, 3/4 hr to ink it then 2 1/2hrs to colour!!! Still trying to loosen control but not happening yet. I loooove it all though.
Starting my new sketchbook with a painting of a photo I took this week. Her perky clothes (can you see the pom-poms on her hat?), the angular lines, the shadows…when she passed me on the sidewalk I knew I wanted to paint the scene. 🙂 #momentcatchers Thanks for the encouragement and nudges, @candacerardon ! 😊
I brought this piece of birchbark back from a walk in the woods in October, leaving it on the patio thinking, 'I'll get to it later.' It was blown off the patio & covered in snow. The snow has melted quite a bit over the past week, revealing this memory of a moment from months ago. I knew when I saw it that it would be perfect for this month's #momentcatchers sketch. ~~~~~ #asketchaday #birch #bark #memory
Calgary — March 5, 2017 – #momentcatchers Out of the blue my cousin has received and kindly loaned to me some old b&w family photos. Very rare, never seen before — so my monochrome sketch is of one of the pages. I do a lot of #familyhistory / #genealogy research and can't wait to figure out who the people are. Almost no labels, of course. I am thrilled and grateful. #jillsketches
I still remember the day I brought this backpack home. Spring 2009 with @hk_bhatt getting ready for our first euro trip after college. I loved it then for all the possibilities it held, and I love it just as much now for the many memories it has collected along the way. Quick sketch and only time for a bit of colour before heading to the airport- Tanzania bound with eight amazing and adventurous students, many with their first backpack 💕🇹🇿 #momentcatchers
Knowth, Ireland. ..a sketch for my travel journal. Knowth is an archaeological site in Co. Meath which is about 6000 years old. It has an eerie stillness to it but you can feel the centuries of people that inhabited it, as you walk between the mounded passage tombs with their mysterious petroglyphs. #knowth #beautifulireland #ireland #momentcatchers @candacerardon #sketchbookjournal #watercoloursketch
Zorros cat-nap. It was beautiful and sunny outside but it was also -25 C (-13F). I laid my beach yoga blanket on a sunny patch on the floor. It was soon occupied by our bundle of joy – Zorro. He had a nap while I sketched him (and took a photo – just in case..). When his nap was over he proceeded to play with my pencil, eraser and paint brushes. I had to finish this from the photo. #momentcatchers #cats #pets #travelsketching #sketchbook #watercolour
Back by the canal again today for #momentcatchers painting the beautiful canal boats on the Aire & Calder. It was a full family affair today, a walk along the canal, lunch and painting pit stop. My husband and youngest drew too ☺ #aireandcaldernavigation #GetOutside #illustration #aireandcalder #woodlesfordlock #victorians #yorkshire #canallife #lockgates #outdoorsketching #sketching #adventuresinillustration #illustratedwalk #illustratedjourney #travelsketching
#momentcatchers It's been a soggy, grey day here, spent 'adulting'. Shopping for floor tiles, it was a nice surprise to find the shop was set in an old 1914 cinema. There are so many of these lovely old building facades still around, shame it's a bit shabby. Different sketchbook today and I went straight in with a pen, I'm going to leave this as is. #outdoorsketching #sketching #leeds #almurad #illustration #sketchjournaling #urbansketchers
I recently was inspired to create a travel sketchbook, where I can share my amazing travel experiences through doodles! My first trip of 2017 was a week in Guatemala! So here's the first of many!. . . . #travel #travelgram #instapassport #instatravel #doodles #doodle #sketching #travelsketchbook #leuchtturm1917 #drawing #drawings #drawingoftheday #maps #wanderlust #wanderdoodles #artist #artistsoninstagram #momentcatchers #artoftheday #artforlife #artwork #drawingaday #guatemala #centralamerica #latino #latinamerica #ink #illustration
Day 1 was spent catching up with friends over a few (8) liters of beer in Guatemala City! After our crazy night out I woke up to this view!. . . . #travel #travelgram #instapassport #instatravel #doodles #doodle #sketching #travelsketchbook #leuchtturm1917 #drawing #drawings #drawingoftheday #wanderlust #wanderdoodles #artist #artistsoninstagram #momentcatchers #artoftheday #artforlife #artwork #drawingaday #guatemala #centralamerica #ink #illustration #view
Day 2. Worst bus ride of my life. . . . #travel #travelgram #instapassport #instatravel #doodles #doodle #sketching #travelsketchbook #leuchtturm1917 #drawing #drawings #drawingoftheday #wanderlust #wanderdoodles #artist #artistsoninstagram #momentcatchers #artoftheday #artforlife #artwork #drawingaday #guatemala #journey #ink #illustration #bus #infographic #lakeatitlan
I've been in India for a few days now with my sister. The courtyard in her family home has a large cage on one side with parakeets and doves flying around singing beautiful songs. Sitting nearby them basking in warm, spring sunshine and hearing the sounds of the house (home to several parts of the family) drifting softly from indoors is a perfectly serene and wonderful spot to enjoy the afternoon and paint a little in my journal. #GoCreatively #momentcatchers . . . . #watercolorsketch #travelart #travelsketch #sketchbook #sketchjournal #watercolorsketch #birds #india #indiatravel #watercolor #schminke #indiajourney #journey #travelanddraw #artistlife #artjournal #wanderlust
It's been a goal of mine, after way too many years, to start sketching again. I couldn't resist this guy who's been laughing all week as I walk by. And what better time to start than on a #momentcatchers weekend! Thanks for the inspiration @candacerardon! Definitely out of practice with sketching but looking forward to regular practice and improvement. #sketching #charcoal
Day 32: While waiting for the bus ride to work, there's a house at the back with several floors. I was quite overwhelmed on which unit to sketch but eventually my eyes settled on this lovely blanket hanging steadily on a sturdy rope. I captured as much details as I want to include. When the bus arrived, I took note of where the sun is shining, the light on the blanket, colors, pattern. Looking at the finished work, I think I should have left more parts of the blanket unpainted to allow more light.
I have been trying to join #momentcatchers since the beginning, but have not been able to … ha… find the right moment. Still sooooooo rusty…! But I will practice! Managed to (kind of) capture a bicycle at Büyükada today : ) it has to be the most cycling friendly place in Turkey. Well, apart from the hills! . . . #Istanbul #igtravel #travelgram #travelsketch #traveltheworld #goworldwide #letsgosomewhere #igersturkey #igersturkiye #travelsketchbook #istanbullove #travelmore #adventureseeker #exploretheworld #adventureawaits #welivetoexplore #traveladdict #sketchbook #sketch_daily #büyükada #newadventures #istanbullovers #buyukada #istanbulmoments #adalar #urbansketch #bicyclegram #bicyclelife
Today's moment-catching session was a perfect reminder for me that sometimes, we have to work a little harder to find inspiration. While I'd hoped to sketch the colorful Reus neighborhood in Montevideo, windy capricious weather sent @josebonifacino and I searching for a more sheltered alternative. We ended up inside one of my favorite cafes in the city, tucked away on the second-floor of a beautiful bookshop called Más Puro Verso–and for inspiration, it only felt right to choose a medialuna croissant, or "half moon" in Spanish 😊🌙🥐☕️ Loving all of your sketches so far, friends!!
Moment-catching in Montevideo, day 2! And in preparation for an upcoming story on Uruguay, I was excited to finally sketch one of the country's most sacred rituals: Yerba mate tea 😍☕️🇺🇾 It was a bit too brisk and windy to paint on-location tonight, so I'll finish the sketch up from a photo tomorrow. Hope you all have a great rest of your Sunday! 💛
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Thank you again to everyone who took part in our third Moment Catchers project!
I’m already looking forward to our next challenge on April 1st and 2nd, 2017.
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