Hi from Paris France! My name is Kim Marohn, and I am really excited to be heading off to Lisbon next week for the symposium… at long last!!!
Time flies, and it’s hard to believe that I’ve already got to pack. Seems like yesterday that Juliette and I were hatching our plans for going. When I look back at it now, it makes me laugh, how we were on the phone together, both in front of our computers the MOMENT registration opened saying, “It’s not working!” and I was saying, “Refresh the screen, refresh the screen! There’s the button – click! click!”. You would think we were two kids trying to get tickets to the Rolling Stones :)
Afterwards, we spent several days bemoaning the fact that we couldn’t take ALL the workshops – you guys have such a great line up. Difficult decisions had to be made! It is reassuring to read Gabi’s post, and to know that we will get to meet everyone. And that instructors will turn up for other workshops as well. We still can’t believe that we will be meeting so many great artists in person.
I am still very new to drawing, having just started taking “proper” lessons in September 2009. Before that, I dabbled here and there, studying sumi-e for a year in Tokyo after high school, an evening class in life drawing at the New School when I was working in New York. For some reason I had this silly idea that I couldn’t draw – and I guess I’ll confess, I was actually a bit afraid.
Then, two years ago, I came across a notion that pretty much changed my life: the only way to be absolutely, positively sure that I will never be able to draw is by just NOT DRAWING. Simple, and so true! So I found a nearby atelier, signed up for a few courses, and two years later, here I am. Still hard to believe.
I still enjoy getting lost in a drawing, spending hours working it all out. I am just starting to get the hang of “letting go”. And I am quite happy scribbling away in black and white – I’m not quite there with the “color thing” yet. I am so glad that the symposium is open to all levels, and am really looking forward to learning a lot, and hopefully making some great sketches of Lisbon! Just reading this blog, and the Meet the Instructors posts, is an education in itself.
Here are just two of my latest scribbles. More on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimparis/
Finally, a quick word about our group in Paris: I first heard about SketchCrawl in May last year, and it was such a great experience being out and drawing with other people of different backgrounds and drawing levels. One thing led to the next, and I started our Google group in August, which led to a blog by the end of the year. In February we voted to take the plunge: I wrote to Urban Sketchers, and we were accepted as a regional blog!
This has really been a big year for our group here in Paris. We are so happy to be meeting other sketchers from around the world, and being part of this community.
You can visit our group blog at http://paris-sketchers.blogspot.com/
And looking forward to next week!!!