Left: Journal page from Judith Lang Main's journal, while sketching at Minnesota's North Shore. Image ©2011 Judith Lang Main. Click on the image to view an enlargement; click on the link in this caption to go to her original post which contains many more images from this day's outing.
Twin Cities artist Judith Lang Main has just started a new blog: Brush and Pencils.
I first met Judith at one of the first Bell Museum Sketch Nights in 2010. I have since seen her at several of the local sketch outs. She works quickly with pencil and brush to capture both intimate details of wildlife as well as vast vistas and full scenes. Her journal work manages to exude a great sense of place.
At our first meeting Judith worked fearlessly, with wet media, on paper of an unknown origin. (A friend had saved the paper from a dustbin and Judith had then bound it into a book.) Since that time I have seen Judith also work frequently in a Fabriano multi-colored artist journal. She has a wonderful knack of making the often brightly colored papers work well with her vision. She used such a journal at the 2011 Minnesota State Fair.
I just learned of Judith's blog, but it has been up since September of this year. Visit now to catch up from the beginning. Her posts are short on text and focus on her sketches and related photos.
From Judith I learned of The Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab at the Rhode Island School of Design. Visit this link to view a short little video which explains the lab while giving a visual tour. For people familiar with the Bell Museum of Natural History's Touch and See Room the lab will have a very welcoming ambiance. It is definitely on my list of places to visit.