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Hello! My name is Candace, and I'm a sketch artist with a passion for helping you connect with the world through art. Pull out your sketchbook and watercolors and find your favorite view — I'm glad you're here!

Moment Catchers May

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“Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”

― Mary Oliver

I have long been a fan of the above poem by the wonderful Mary Oliver, but after our May Moment Catchers sketching challenge this past weekend, I might have to humbly suggest an alternative ending: “Pay attention. Be astonished. Sketch about it.”

Over and over, your sketches were a visual response to Mary Oliver’s instructions for living. From the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, to the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to a faded blue boat along the coast of Turkey, your sketches captured their subjects, whether great or small, with incredible care and detail — the kind of detail that can only come from slowing down and paying deeper attention to the world around us.

And just as Mary Oliver writes, this heightened sense of attention and awareness so often led to astonishment for you, as was the case with moment-catcher Erica in Canada. Just as she was about to depart Gambier Island, magic happened:

“Right as I started sketching, I heard a pffffff. Dropped everything and ran to the shore to see a whale breach three times. Totally alone. In total nature and silence. A little gift… It was truly amazing and I wouldn’t have witnessed it if I hadn’t made up my mind to do some sketching before I had to leave.”

But Erica wasn’t the only sketch artist who was astonished by nature this weekend:

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As I kept looking through your sketches, I was struck by how so many of you sketched outdoors, and even more, by the myriad shades of green that filled your images — so much so that I couldn’t help but create the above collage to capture such a verdant spectrum. When we started these challenges in January, it was the heart of winter for everyone in the Northern Hemisphere, so it has been rather fun to track the changing seasons through your sketches and to celebrate the arrival of spring with you.

Friends, thank you for paying attention, being astonished by the world around you, and sharing these moments through your sketchbooks. I’m amazed by all that we captured this weekend!

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Australia

Aggie

Amanda

Debbie & Lily

#momentcatchers #westernaustralia the view from the camp kitchen

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Lily aged 10 wants to sketch too , the view from the camp kitchen #momentcatchers

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Jan

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Kerry

Max

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Serena

Victoria

Belgium

Safira

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Brazil

Fernanda

Canada

Beth

Daniel

At Angel house in Canada. "Under the rain in an imaginary world!!" #momentcatchers #weekend #imaginaryworld #angelhouse

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Erica

Francois

Jill

Judy

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Lynn

Tahirih

Treava

Point Pelee,ON – a very wet weekend and very high water levels. The sun did come out a tiny bit Saturday and more today thankfully. I was surprised to see that the long stretch of sand that created a true point here is gone. In its place are a pile of rocks and some uprooted trees. I was hoping to have more to draw – especially birds as this is a hot spot and they are having their Festival of Birds. Of course the weather hampered some of the migration but today was a good day for seeing lots of new migrants in this mecca for birders. In September it is again a birding hotspot but it's the Monarch Butterfly migration that takes the cake for a few days. I'm not pleased with this sketch but taking the time to sketch this blustery moment at the most southerly place in Canada is what matters. #momentcatchers #travelsketching #sketchbook #watercolour #parkscanada #pointpeleenationalpark

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Yvonne

Cuba

Genevieve

England

Angela

Belinda

Estonia

Leah

Finland

Leah

France

Laurence

Germany

Alenka

Jens

Greece

Fritz

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Mexico

Mary

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The Netherlands

Jobien

Urban sketching in beautiful Utrecht. 😍

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Linda

The Philippines

Jean

Sandra

The place where we say many "good bye", "have a safe flight", "see you soon" and "welcome" or "Mabuhay" in our official language. the place where tears in separation or joy of coming home will be felt. the place where new adventures could possibly start or probably help you grow or be healed. I chose this place because its not only famous landmark in our city nor a walking distance from where I live since my conception days 😂, nevertheless the place where I considered memorable & special to my heart & memory. the place where I first experienced envisioning my first childhood dream 💕 P.S. Perhaps a coincident, but today is my bday and that was also the day when that seed of dream grew in my heart. (Philippines 🇵🇭)

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Samoa

Anneliese

Singapore

Alberta

Spain

Marita

Núria

Turkey

Kar

Among all the yachts, this one captivates me – Foça Turkey #momentcatchers

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Zenobia

United States

Cara

Doing a little #momentcatching @factionbrewing after hitting up the alemeada flea market! #momentcatchers

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Cassie

Frank

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Jennie

Jerimiah

Joan

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Kara

Lake Dillon, Colorado. #momentcatchers

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Karen

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Karla

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Kay

#momentcatchers-#tinySketchbook #band_concet #South_High_Cheyenne

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LaCount

Backyard #momentcatchers

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Larry

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Linda

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Mark

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Mike

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Rebecca

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Ritu

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Sheila

A sketch of the totem pole in downtown Soap Lake. #momentcatchers #watercolor #soaplake #easternwa

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Sunny

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Tai

Uruguay

José

Que alguien me aleje de los triángulos! 😱|#momentcatchers

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Candace

What a day it was for sketching! While looking through an architecture magazine recently, @josebonifacino discovered a beautifully designed chapel called the Capilla de Susanna Soca, located about an hour's drive from Montevideo in the Uruguayan countryside 🌳 • The story behind the chapel alone was fascinating to learn: Susanna Soca was a poet who started building the chapel in the 1950s in honor of her father, who was a well-known doctor and politician. When Susanna then died in a plane crash in Brazil, her mother took over the chapel's construction process, now in honor of both her husband and daughter ⛪️ • The chapel is privately owned, but it only took a quick phone call to its caretakers to arrange a visit this afternoon. Beyond the chapel's story, its design was equally intriguing. I can't wait to share more photos with you soon, but for now, here's a small peek at its triangular walls, which are also composed of endless triangular pieces of colored glass 💛💜 • Our excursion to the countryside today reminded me of one of the things I love most about our monthly Moment Catchers challenges–how they give me an extra little push to explore new places, do something different, and create moments to remember. ✨

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Vietnam

Jade

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Thank you again to everyone who took part in our fifth Moment Catchers project!
I’m already looking forward to our next challenge on June 3rd and 4th, 2017 🙂

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  • ritu bajpai

    Great collection of sketches. I attempted by first sketch too for this months challenge inspired by all you guys 🙂 But I was wondering if I was supposed to do something else besides using hashtag momentcatchers? Will try and keep up with the challenge in upcoming months too. Here is my contributions for this month, a humble start.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTzsGZxlW4TNo4g2IB6s4dGPrIFh3JWVWbNdB00/?taken-by=ritubajpai&hl=en

    • Hi Ritu! Thanks so much for letting me know your sketch wasn’t in the roundup initially…I’m so sorry about that, but I think because your Instagram profile is set to private, your sketch didn’t come up in the #momentcatchers feed 🙂 But I hope you’ll be able to take another look at the roundup and see you’re in here now! (From your other photos, it looks like you’re based in the US, but please let me know and I can move your sketch in the roundup to another country).

      Also, I just have to say that your sketch is far more than just a humble start to me–the colors are absolutely beautiful, and I especially love the bird’s eye view angle you captured. Having been to Porto myself, I loved being transported back there through your beautiful sketch–thank you so much for that, and for joining our challenge this weekend…I so hope you enjoyed it! <3

      • ritu bajpai

        Thanks Candace for including my post and also for the encouraging words. Will try and keep the contributions coming. I am indeed based in US. Have not been an active user of instagram in the past so as you can tell, I am still getting used to it 🙂

  • It’s always so fun and inspiring to see each month’s moments! And what a beautiful poem by Mary Oliver—thanks so much for sharing it, Candace.

    Thank you fellow moment catchers for participating and sharing your sketches, and thank you Candace for hosting and compiling all of them! 🙂

    • I’m so happy you could join the challenge again this weekend, Rebecca–especially as you captured that gorgeous green landscape so beautifully 🙂 And yes! Isn’t that poem something special? I also just recently bought Mary Oliver’s book of essays “Upstream,” and I have a feeling you’d really enjoy one of the essays in it called “Of Power and Time,” about her creative life and process. Here’s one quote in particular that resonated with me:

      “In creative work — creative work of all kinds — those who are the world’s working artists are not trying to help the world go around, but forward. Which is something altogether different from the ordinary. Such work does not refute the ordinary. It is, simply, something else. Its labor requires a different outlook — a different set of priorities.”

      I so hope you’re enjoying being back in Wisconsin, and I can’t wait to see and follow along what life holds for you next! <3

      • Thanks so much for sharing that beautiful quote with me, Candace! I just placed a hold on “Upstream” at my local library—can’t wait for it to come in. (There are 40 others in front of me, but the waitlists usually go quicker than you’d think–plus I have lots to read in the meantime!) 🙂

        Also, I just got back from meeting Kim Dinan tonight! She brought you up as we chatted, saying again that it’s so cool we’ve connected. I agree! 😀

      • By the way, I just picked up “Upstream” from the library yesterday—really looking forward to absorb and savor Mary’s words!

  • Kerry

    How amazing to see so many artists participating – it’s great to see how the community has grown, with such diverse moments from so many places! And so much talent!! Thanks again, Candace!

    • Hi Kerry! I’m so sorry just to get back to your wonderful comment here, but I can’t thank you enough for taking part in our May sketching challenge…I truly look forward to your sketches each month 🙂 And I couldn’t agree more with you about the diversity of the moments represented in each sketch — to me, it’s absolutely one of my favorite parts of this community, and I’m so glad you’re a part of it! <3

      PS — there’s an email headed your way very soon! I’m so sorry to be a little behind on my inbox this month 🙂

  • Treava

    Candace, again such a great collection of art and artists!! Thank you again for starting such an amazing community! it’s great to see that every month we grow in size. I always look so forward to seeing the sketches on the Mondays after the Moment Catchers weekend!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and support here, Treava! I truly am so amazed at how the Moment Catchers community continues to grow each month, and I have a few ideas for how to keep celebrating that as the year goes on 🙂 I’m so happy you could join us again for our May sketching challenge, and I hope you’re having a wonderful month!

  • Jill Browne

    Thanks again Candace, for keeping us inspired and putting so much effort into this!
    Everyone’s sketches are so much fun to look at. I look forward to #momentcatchers every month now. Such a wonderful variety of places, people, and pictures. I love it.

    • I love how you described the variety of “places, people, and pictures,” Jill — to me, the many layers of variety in the Moment Catchers community are so exciting to think about, and I love seeing the layers grow even richer and more diverse as the year goes on. Our challenges are just as inspiring to me, so I’m thrilled to hear you’re enjoying being part of them! <3

  • Hi, I’m Skinner and I think that we live to recognize how talented everyone else is. Now, find your best talent and do something great with it.

  • Inspiring, as always, Candace!

    • Thank you, Colleen! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this month’s round-up of Moment Catchers sketches 🙂 <3