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How do plein airers feel about Sketchers? I don't think of them as separate groups of different people.

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Comment by Sally Downey on August 1, 2017 at 10:31
I don't either Barbara. But having experienced urban sketching for first time I'm wondering is it down played a bit because there isn't as much pain associated with it - no fiddling with easels, no
messy hands, clothes, brushes, quicker line of retreat in changeable weather etc. Maybe we need to suffer a bit to be regarded as worthwhile??
Comment by Norah Blount on July 31, 2017 at 15:36

I agree Barbara, the difference I feel is not setting up an easel and sometimes they are seen as lesser value than a painting done that way ,perhaps.  I love sketching, for lots of reasons and was really impressed to see so many great sketchbooks at the Dublin Plein air festival.  I never leave home without one in a bag.  I always feel it is not worth posting them here but maybe should do so.  I think the Dublin Sketchers group post theirs on their blog or on facebook. They meet every sunday around Dublin area.

Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on July 30, 2017 at 23:24

I don't think so either. But sometimes it is useful to have a workshop in one or the other. Singapore artist, Alvin Mark Tan just laid on a sketching workshop while attending Art in the Open which surprised and enthused many artists about using a sketchbook in new and creative ways. It is a tool many of us don't use half enough.

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