Have you been a runner your whole life?

Noooo... I was the art kid who got put in remedial gym in 6th grade. I began running later in life, at age 39. I recently learned that since I’m over 40, I’m considered a masters runner... which I think is a nice term for old.

 

Why did you start #viewfrommyrun?

Brooklyn Half Marathon 2016: My first hardware!

Brooklyn Half Marathon 2016: My first hardware!

I’m a freelance designer and I also write and illustrate children’s picture books. After a very intense half-year of delivering art on three separate books, my brain needed a creative reset. One night, during a training run for the Brooklyn Half Marathon, I was struck by a gorgeous sunset I saw from the Manhattan Bridge. With the intention of painting it for fun, I snapped a quick photo on my phone and kept running. As I checked my pace on my Apple Watch, I had a lightning strike moment: why not try to paint the sunset in the same amount of time as my run? And thus my project was born!

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Queens 10K 2017: That's my serious running face

Queens 10K 2017: That's my serious running face

 

Why do you set a time limit for the drawings?

This is a visual journal of my training. Completing each drawing in the same amount of time as the run connects them as one experience for me. And, practically speaking, I’m a mom and have limited time. You’d think setting a timer would create tension, but it makes it more relaxed because I know exactly how long I’m committing to each piece. When the timer goes off, I stop (my kids keep me honest!)

 

Do you run with art supplies?

No, I do not run with art supplies, though I've heard plenty of jokes about strapping an easel to my back. When I see something interesting, I stop and take a quick photo on my phone and then, quite literally, run away. I (usually) do the drawing later at home on the same day as the run. 

 

Do you draw from memory?

No. I use a photo I take on the run as reference for the drawing.

 

What materials do you use?

I use a bunch of different pens and paints. How I choose depends on what I am drawing, how much time I have, and whether I’m doing color or just line. Here are some favorite go-tos:

 

What paper do you draw on?

I draw in tiny corner of our kitchen table!

I draw in tiny corner of our kitchen table!

Maybe it’s because I’m on a freelance budget, or the fact that I buy all my running clothes at Target or Gap Outlet, but I never use fancy or expensive paper. It’s too precious, and that is not what this series is about. I like:

 

What’s next?

I have a bunch more races coming up this year, so the drawing series continues! I’m also close to finishing the New York Road Runners 9+1 for entry into the TCS NYC Marathon for 2018, which will be my first 26.2.


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Happy drawing and running!