August Member Meeting & Art Demo with Plein-Aire Artist Nyla Witmore. Plus – participate in hands-on sketching studies on location in Downtown Boulder.
Date: Tuesday, August 9th
Location: R Gallery & Wine Bar – 2027 Broadway, Boulder, CO
Nyla will give an overview of sketching techniques and provide a quick demonstration of sketching in a downtown location. She will also bring her sketchbooks as examples. After her demo, meeting attendees are encouraged to join Nyla outside in Downtown Boulder to practice how to do simple thumbnail studies on location.
Supplies to bring with you:
- Sketchbook – Bring what you usually use, or you can purchase a mixed media journal at Guiry’s, Michaels, and other hobby stores
- Waterproof ink pens: Faber-Castell Fine (F) or Extra Fine (XF), or a Micron #2 or #5 pen; you can find these at any craft or office supply store.
- A portable chair if you prefer to sit somewhere other than on benches.
Learn about Nyla Witmore
Impressionist, Nyla Witmore, credits the BAA with giving her a start and providing direction when she moved to Boulder in 1989.
Beginning in watercolor she later added acrylic and was asked by the Boulder Philharmonic in 2008 to interpret music on stage while creating an abstract painting in real-time. While she continues to do watercolors as studies, she now paints almost exclusively in oils.
A professional artist for more than 30 years, she has been represented by galleries in Boulder, Niwot, and Denver as well as Pasadena, California, and Key West, Florida. While she loves painting still life and florals and paints regularly with “Plein-air Artists of Colorado,” her main focus in recent years has been architecture.
Having found an excuse to travel and pursue art, Nyla says,
“I love creating scenes of romantic European destinations. For decades I have traveled to France, Italy, and the UK. My heart warms to Venice, Paris, Tuscany, San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, as well as Cornwall and the Cotswolds. I had a career as a writer and author prior to taking up art in my late 40s, so it was natural to use sketchbook journals for studies and stories. Besides having the sketchbooks as mementos, these drawings help me decide which sketches will be more successful as paintings.”