At BIMA: Everyday Sketching & Drawing, with Steven Reddy
Eagle Harbor Books and the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art will cosponsor a lecture by artist/educator Steven Reddy at BIMA on Saturday, May 19, at 10:30 a.m. His most recent book, Everyday Sketching & Drawing: Five Steps to a Unique and Personal Sketchbook Habit, will be available at the event.
If you want to attend this event, please sign up here. The event is free and open to the public, but we'd love to get a head count. BIMA will also host a workshop with Reddy on Sunday, April 20. If you are interested in that, please look here.
Why do so many adults come to view drawing as difficult or fraught with anxiety? Traditional art instruction is often bogged down with jargon, rules, and admonishments that unintentionally stifle the joy of drawing for its own sake.
Steven Reddy's new and easy approach to drawing instructs sketchers to document their unique and compelling lives in realistic yet playful sketches that record the places, spaces, and objects that help define them as individuals.
He reminds artists to slow down, notice, and attend to the sketch-worthy scenes and subjects that are unstaged and always there in our everyday lives. He offers a versatile technique that can lead to a skill that fills sketchbooks with the visual details that differentiate one life from another. This approach is a meditative, relaxing alternative to academic concerns about perspective, proportion, and accuracy. Reddy encourages artists to capture in whimsical but detail-specific illustrations their unique, subjective interpretation of their visual surroundings.
Steven B. Reddy teaches drawing and illustration at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. He has also taught for the Seattle Public Schools since 1998. Reddy has a passion for creating detailed illustrations of urban scenes, cluttered interiors, and complex still lifes on location in ink and watercolor. His drawings from China and Mexico appear in Danny Gregory's An Illustrated Journey. Reddy also self-published Now Where Was I? An Illustrated Memoir, which showcases drawings that span 35 years from his daily sketchbook diaries. He teaches two popular classes on drawing and sketching in pen and ink and watercolor for Craftsy.