Posts by Monika Arturi:
Spring is here and yesterday I went out for my first paint out with the Plein Air Painters Chicago. I took my Plein Air kit and DIY easel out and I wanted to share with you how I put it together. While looking for a solution, I came across Joe Cartwright’s website where he shared his own DIY watercolor easel. Joe Cartwright is an Australian watercolor artist, teacher, and author. I love his work and thought it a good idea to take his advice.
I was very excited to be selected as one of the few artists in this exhibit. In collaboration with Navy Pier and the Palette and Chisel Academy, the Plein Air Painters of Chicago celebrating Chicago neighborhoods through paintings on location. When you’re visiting Navy Pier, stop by the Art Now shop to view the paintings […]
What is Sketching? Sketching is a loose art form that can be done from practically anywhere with any supplies you’d like to use. Urban Sketching is done on location, usually outdoors but we’ve got some winters here in Chicago and we take it indoors. In sketching, rather than working towards the goal of creating a […]
Come See Me November 30th at the Plein Air Painters Chicago Annual ExhibitNovember 30th through December 9th 2018 Join me for the opening of the Plein Air Painters of Chicago Annual Exhibit on November 30th from 5:30 – 9:00 pm. You’ll see some of the finest and creative renditions of Chicago from talented painters at […]
A look at Primary Colors and the Color Wheel through watercolor paints. Download my color wheel template to create your own and learn about the relationships between your colors. Additional exercises will help you hone your techniques and learn to control water to pigment ratios.
It’s important to connect with your scene for your painting. I’ve found that loving your subject can inspire you, motivate you, and even energize you. Whether I’m working on a landscape or a portrait painting, framing the scene is my first step. I use my camera and sketchbook to capture the details and mood to reference later.
I will be exhibiting at least 2 plein air watercolor paintings August 12th between 1pm and 6pm at the Bridgeport Plein Air Exhibit. They will be for sale and ready to take home framed on Sunday. One of them will be painted that morning. Meet local artists and purchase art this Sunday in Bridgeport. The address for the exhibit is 3219-21 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL.
Sign up by August 14th for a chance to win this premium urban watercolor sketching kit. I have put together a premium kit for my AirBnb Urban Sketching Experience guests. It includes everything from our everyday kit along with some of my favorites, a Moleskine Watercolor Journal, and even more Daniel Smith Watercolors.
To improve at painting watercolors, practice. Daily watercolor exercises will go a long way in improving your technique and developing your style. Some exercises should be about technique and some should be about developing new ideas and styles. Watercolor exercises that focus on repeated shapes and patterns can also be a mindful practice and relaxing. […]