Don Getz is now in the fourth quarter of his journaling tour schedule and is currently located in the upper left hand corner of the U.S.- The Pacific Northwest. He is nearing the completion of his “Odyssey” Tour with only a few more weeks to go after being on the road for nearly a year. While making his way around the country, Don has passed on his love for journaling to hundreds of students across the nation. He has inspired artists of all levels of experience and has no doubt taught them all a thing or two about creating watercolor journal sketches. Don has many years of painting experience and he has developed his own unique style which is more than recognizable to people everywhere. Recently, while teaching at the Pacific Northwest Art School on Whidbey Island, Don’s workshop group was small in number but mighty in talent. Don spent three exciting days with three talented students who joined him for the workshop. Judi, Kate, and Gary seemed to have a wonderful time and logged in many hours of sketching during the time they spent with Don.
Getz Journal No. 10. This journal begins with my sessions in the state of Washington.
The countrified image struck me of its simplicity.
The first image is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chinook, Wash.
I seek a vantage point, where we can get a good view of a portion of the village as the subject, where we might have some shade.
This view was from a parking lot – no shade but the town harbor was in the background.
Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Whidbey Island… One of the prominent landmarks.
Low tide at Coupeville Wharf-
Elbey Beach is a long stretch of shore which accumulates much driftwood which can be fun to draw; reminds me of ‘pickup stix’…
One of the town’s B&B’s… this seemed logical for a two page spread, showing the bay in the background.
Anchorage Inn close up detail of the Inn
Inn detail… this was more than a ‘half hour sketch’…
another two pager, The Captain Whidbey Inn, built in 1907 is a wonderful facility.
I may just return there to do a workshop at the inn.
On to my session in Spokane… The town has a great number of unique bridges in the center of town.
The old power plant has been saved and has many visitors…
Student’s work… I don’t single out individual students for attention, but I had to call attention to this lady.
Ebey Beach… This was simply outstanding!
Monroe Street Bridge… It was easy to get good angles on the bridges and have adequate shade.
Next, I will be at Virginia City, Montana then Yellowstone Natl Park… Lots of good stuff!
Email him at email@example.com or call Don at 216-299-5324 for more information on his workshop dates and locations. He will be happy to hear from you!
After reviewing all of the wonderful sketches that Don had produced, I was excited to receive an email from Kate, in which she included a link to Judi’s Blog. I contacted Judi for permission to share her wonderful sketches and blog with all of you! Enjoy!
So here is an excerpt from Judi Nyerges Blog “Color and Lines”.
we were off to a location Don had scouted – the parking lot of a church in overlooking some rooftops with Penn Cove in the distance. We watched him deftly and quickly produce a wonderful sketch of the scene using his methods and “Don’s Amazing Enlarging Tool” (coming soon to Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff!) Then were were set to the task. Here is my first effort. Lesson learned – using a new tool is hard but rewarding.
On our second day we headed for Ebey’s Landing. I had an audiologist’s appointment I’d forgotten (for TWO new hearing aids!) and was late getting there, so I had to do the impossible (for me!) – produce a good sketch in a short amount of time.
Lesson learned – quick is good, less is more.
1. learn how to draw, and
Excerpt from the Sketchbook Blog- “Everyday Inspirations For Journaling”
Don’s Plexiglass Sketching Tool
…..Don is currently traveling all over our country, during his U.S. Odyssey Journaling Tour which will take him a full year to complete. On this trip, he has encountered multiple structural challenges along the way to include in his journal. Although many of the buildings seem impossible or, at least, time consuming to capture on paper, Don has devised a simple and convenient way to record difficult perspective opportunities. He simply uses a 9×12 piece of plexiglass and a common dry erase marker to make his task easier than ever. Don will hold the plexi up at eye level and close to his face. Then, with the structure in view, he will draw the most important information on the plastic panel with the dry erase marker. After, simplifying the subject, he will hold the plexi over his sketchbook and move the image around until he finds the most pleasing place to transfer it. He explained that he could make it smaller by holding it closer to the paper or larger on the page by holding it further above it. Then, he would simply look through the image on the plexi and using only a pen, would draw what he saw below on the sketch page. This was ingenious! And I was excited to put the technique to the test!
Mast Farm Inn, Valle Crucis, NC
So, I arrived at the Inn with my Guerilla Painter thumb box, filled with all of the things needed to paint, my sketchbooks filled with clean paper, and a desire to paint everything in sight! (Ok, so I will pare down my list!) It was a beautiful day, and the traffic was light, and when I arrived, I settled into the bed of my truck for a perfect frontal view of the Inn. After taking in the scenery for a few moments, I unpacked my painting kit and began my task.
For my tracing panel, I chose a convenient product that was already cut to size, the 9×12 Optical Quality Poly-Glass Sheet designed for use in framing. It was perfect, very reasonably priced, and readily available from Cheap Joe’s! Paired with a common black fine tip dry eraser marker, I was ready to put the process to the test.
I decided to sketch the front of the Inn viewed from the lot across the road where I was parked. (Ok, so I didn’t try the more complex view with all of the complicated angles and perspectives, but in my defense, I really didn’t have a great place to park on the road! Maybe, I’ll try it from a photo.) I steadied the panel in front of my face and proceeded to draw on the plexi. I drew only what was necessary to convey the overall look of the house. Leaving out a lot of details I could add in later with paint. This kept the sketch loose and simple and fresh looking.
The most difficult part of the process was holding the panel still. I’m not sure if those two cups of coffee were a good idea, now that I look back! Note: Don wears a hat when sketching and leans the panel against it to keep the plexi from moving. Well, I didn’t have a hat, so I just did the best I could without one. The sketch was brief and simple, but extremely helpful with the overall process. I captured enough information to accurately represent the house so that it was recognizable. I could straighten any lines and improve the detail when I transferred it to the sketchbook. Pretty neat! I must say. I think this technique is an asset when on a time constraint. You don’t have to be concerned about drawing correct perspective and a lot of measuring this and that. This tool really allows you to capture several complicated sketches in a short time. It’s perfect for journaling on location.
Don Getz loves sharing his passion for journaling with others. He has made painting and teaching his life and now is living a dream by traveling around the U.S. and teaching this art to everyone he can. Don will wrap up his tour early September and will then proceed to bring his collection of sketches and stories into a wonderful Journaling Book. We hope to have the book available when it is completed. For now, we will enjoy his sketches as a way to ride along with Don during his “Odyssey” Journaling Tour. Cheap Joe’s is honored to be a part of this great American Journaling Journey!
Here is where Don is going next!
WEST YELLOWSTONE, MT Jul. 22-23-24
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, WY Jul. 25-26
CODY, WY Jul. 29-30 (Monday – Tuesday) 216-299-5324 / Don
MANISTEE, MI Aug. 16-17 (Friday – Saturday) 216-299-5324 / Don
SAUGATUCK, MI Aug. 21-22 (Wednesday – Thursday) 216-299-5324 / Don
VAN WERT, OH Aug. 27-28 (Tuesday – Wednesday) 419-238-6837 / Hope
HUDSON, OH Sep. 9 7:30 pm GRAND FINALE Program Hudson Community Center (Monday) /Don
To Don, “Safe Travels and Happy Journaling!”
To All of you who have participated thus far, “Lucky You!”
To All of those in the areas yet to come, “Don’t Miss the Chance and Sign Up Now!
I wish you all a Happy Travel Journaling Day!
Keep your Brushes Wet and your Journal Pages Colored!