art about at avid reader

ArtAbout 11-11-11, Avid Reader
ArtAbout 11-11-11, Avid Reader

11-11-11 art about event!Last Friday I took part in the downtown Davis ArtAbout, exhibiting my sketchbooks and many prints at the Avid Reader bookstore on 2nd St. It was an early evening event, and I was at the entrance of the bookstore. I had promised to do some live sketching, and I did a little. My sketchbooks were displayed for members of the public to flick through, and that was a lot of fun, seeing people looking through my moleskines, which is a very different experience to looking at the drawings online. I had several framed prints as well, which are on display for the rest of this month, however they are displayed on top of the very highest shelves, well out of the way of lines of sight, so you may need a periscope.

A lot of people came, and thank you to everyone who stopped by! I talked a LOT, about drawing, about sketchbooks, about pens. I can be quite quiet and shy, especially when sketching, but get me talking about moleskines or micron pens and I can rabbit for England. The setting was pleasant though, with local ukelele player Gary (who I’ve known since I worked at the bookstore years ago) playing very peaceful music in the background. People who came in were very friendly, and my wonderful wife Angela was there as support for me (assisted by my ‘can’t-sit-still’ three-year-old son!), thankfully she knows all my spiel! I’m so glad she was able to be there for the event.

ArtAbout 11-11-11, Avid Reader
ArtAbout 11-11-11, Avid Reader
Here I am showing my long Davis Moleskine. Someone asked if I would consider selling it, perhaps for public display, but to be honest I love playing with it. I am going to do another, no really, in a different book with colour and longer scenes, but that is a project for the new year I think.

The event was all done by 7:30, and we all went home exhausted. I was asleep by 9! That was fun; thanks to Alzada and the Avid Reader for arranging this and hosting me! I will of course be taking part in December’s ArtAbout as well, as I will be showing my exhibition of new urban sketches at the Pence Gallery. See you next time!

pete at the bookstore, 11-11-11

11-11-11 art about event!

Mark your diaries! It’s eleven-eleven-eleven next week, whichever date system you use. If you’re in Davis, it’s the 2nd Friday Art About, an evening of art events downtown with music, food, activities and of course lots of art. And (for the second time this year!) I will be exhibiting some sketchbooks and prints at the Avid Reader bookstore on 2nd St. The prints will be exhibited until Dec 6, while the reception on the 11th will be from about 5:30 to 7:00 (after that there is some author event, not sure what). I will be sketching live (a ‘sketching demo’ I guess – code for, ‘i’ll be sketching anyway!’), and there will be sandwiches and wine. If you can’t make it, the sketchbooks will be at the Davis public library until the end of the month, and the prints will be at the Avid Reader. But there will also be an event at the Pence Gallery in December…

See you there!

pete in the library

Exciting News! For the month of November, my sketchbooks and drawings are currently being exhibited in a public display cabinet at the Davis Public Library! I’m very honoured by this. If you are in the area, please pop by and check it out! The Library was redeveloped last year and it’s a really nice place to visit. Here are some photos I took on my iPod after setting it up (apologies for the quality, I’ll take better photos!).

Sketchbook display at Davis Public Library
Sketchbook display at Davis Public Library
Sketchbook display at Davis Public LibrarySketchbook display at Davis Public Library
Sketchbook display at Davis Public Library

Many thanks to the kind folks at the Mary L Stephens Library for giving me this opportunity. I have more exhibitions in Davis coming up soon too, so I will announce those very shortly…

you read me like an open book

Friday was fun!
ArtAbout event at armadillo music

I exhibited some of my sketchbooks and prints at Armadillo Music in Davis as part of the 2nd Friday ArtAbout event. Having just come back from London, and being in the middle of a massive amount of work, I didn’t have much time to prepare for it but decided that what I really wanted was to show people the sketchbooks, and have a few Davis-centric sketches blown up into prints. As always with me, deciding which to show took forever, but I settled on a few select images, and chose Moleskines #4, #5 and #7 (the current one), along with the Davis accordion moleskine, the fire hydrants sketchbook and the ‘How To Save the World’ sketchbook as well.

exhibiting my sketchbooks

The event was highlighted by an hour of live music from the incredible Rita Hosking and her band. Rita is a Davis-based country-folk singer-songwriter, who recently won best country album at the independent music awards, and it wasn’t hard to see why – her music was utterly beautiful, reminded me of why I like country music, and after what had been an incredibly busy and stressful week, standing there sketching and listening to that music made me feel totally relaxed. I’m honoured to have been on the same bill.

sketching Rita Hosking

My artist reception was straight afterwards. A lot of people came for that, a surprising amount, many of whom I knew, plus some who had seen me on Urban Sketchers, plus some who were passing by. I had leaflets ready talking about ‘Let’s Draw Davis’ (sketchcrawl on Saturday!!) and Urban Sketchers, plus many of my new Moo cards (some of them are of Pele). I talked, and talked, in fact donkeys in Davis no longer have hind legs, I talked so much. I hope some of it made sense. It was great though, to enthuse about urban sketching and micron pens and what not. I enjoyed showing kids my waterbrush and letting people watch me sketch. I met some great people, and hopefully got a few people interested in drawing Davis (again, sketchcrawl on Saturday folks!).

artabout jan 14

Many thanks to Melanie at Downtown Davis Art About and to Josh and co at Armadillo Music for arranging this event. And to my wonderful wife Angela for your support (and for taking these photos), and my son Luke for saying “daddy! that’s what you drawed!” every time we pass a fire hydrant. And thanks to everyone who came along, I really appreciate it. Cheers!

four davis sketchesartabout jan 14