I would love for our first Moment Sketchers manifesto to be something that we all create together and can then share with others, conveying the heart, goals, and vision of our community in a single image.
Our November Moment Sketchers challenge brought two very different but equally colorful seasons together, and resulted in a collection of sketches bursting with bright, vivid color — thank you for taking part!
As honored as I was to receive the news about the Lowell Thomas Awards, the reason I feel most compelled to share it with you here is because I have *you* to thank for the path Moment Sketchers has taken this year.
That was the lesson we carried home from Aiguá: To never be afraid to head somewhere new, and to always — no matter where we find ourselves in the world — search for the beauty in simple things.
I couldn’t be more grateful for this community, which celebrates places both familiar and afar. Moment Sketchers, you always make the world feel a little smaller and more connected — thank you!
Portugal was the first country I ever pulled out my sketchbook in, on a weekend trip to Porto in 2011, so I can’t wait to host my first travel sketching tour in the very place I began my own journey as a sketch artist.
I will always be grateful for the red wooden artists’ house in Norway where I first met José — but I’m even more grateful that it brought me to an unexpected country called Uruguay, a place I can now call home.
Even more than giving our community the unique name I feel it deserves, I also love how the new name of Moment Sketchers instantly conveys what we’re about. Most importantly, I hope it’ll help us grow even more over time.
I was reminded of the importance of keeping a lookout for fresh inspiration…whether it’s in something as small as noticing a fuchsia-colored flower on the sidewalk, or as grand as reliving a night with the Cirque du Soleil.
This weekend, our plates were full of the events that shape our lives — starting jobs, celebrating birthdays, saying goodbye to loved ones — but I love that we still found even the smallest windows of time in which to sketch.