Before I leave for the Symposium, wherever it is, I like to draw a map of where I'm going. These aren't so much maps as indications of canals. I drew these not knowing what to actually expect when I got there!
(All Symposium sketches are in a Stillman & Birn Alpha 8.5x5.5, unless I say otherwise. This sketch was made with my Hi-Tec-C Coleto multi-pens that I left out of my Symposium Supplies post!)
I got to the Memphis airport early because I get anxious about the getting-to-the-airport-and-going-through-security part. But then I'm fine. So I called my Mom, and my friend Andrea whose birthday was coming up. And then I sketched! I like how all of the black pen sketches here kind of merge into each other. And it kind of foreshadows some Symposium sketching!
(The black pen is the Sakura Pigma Graphic 1, aka my fat pen.)
First flew to Chicago, then on to Amsterdam! I watched Crazy Rich Asians and then slept pretty well as I had a row of three (small) seats to myself!
Two other sketchers - Mary Jo from Chicago and Kathy from Asheville - were on my flight, so when we landed we met up with Suzala from New York to take the train to Amsterdam Centraal. But after longer than seemed necessary, we realized we were going north instead of north-east. So we had to get off at the next stop, get on another train, and THEN we were on our way!
We split up at the station (but met up several times through the week!) and I walked to my hotel - about a 20 minute walk. I ran into another sketcher - Richard from Sydney - who sadly had lost a sketchbook.
And I saw fatsia on my way - a little piece of home!
I got to my very adorable room, took a shower, tried to nap but was too excited about being there, but then fell asleep for a bit. At some point - maybe after my nap - I made the drawing of the top of building across the canal from my hotel.
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