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?
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!
Hear me talk more about #viewfrommyrun on Your Creative Push podcast.
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:
Uniball Vision (I like this workhorse for quick, even line work)
Pentel Brush Pen (Refillable acrylic brush pen. Ink needs drying time and will smear)
Sagura Pigma Micron (Varying weights, good for fine lines)
Dr. Ph. Martin's Radiant Concentrated Watercolors (Bright and saturated!)
Nihonga Sumi-e Watercolor Pan Set (Not as saturated, some colors are more opaque and creamy)
FaberCastell PITT Markers (Love these for adding grays to black and white art)
What paper do you draw on?
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:
Canson Montval Cold Press Watercolor Paper (I prefer the fold over pads)
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface (Dry media only)
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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