Art Studio in a Bag

I carry a big purse, always have. Some people make fun of me for it. But every time I’ve tried to downsize, I miss my art supplies. I’ll explain.

If you’ve followed along with my blog for even a little while, then you know that I’m a sucker for sketchbooks. I carry one almost everywhere I go. I never know when I’m going to have five minutes of downtime and the urge to doodle or jot down an idea, or create a nearly finished work of art.

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Along with my sketchbook, I often have a zippered bag (pictured above – this one is from Blue Q via Silver in the City) full of a variety of pens, pencils, glue sticks, stickers, bits of scrap paper and more. So while I might need very little room for wallet, keys, phone and the like, having my sketchbook and something with which to draw is a must. It’s just how I roll.

So what’s inside? I love art supplies of any kind. Here’s a peek at what I usually have on me, hand drawn of course:

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What tools of the trade to you take along with you?

About Face

A lot of years ago I painted portraits and figures non-stop. You couldn’t make me draw or paint something abstract, now it seems that’s about all I do (and I love that too).

Recently, I started sketching some faces. They were a bit of an upgrade to the ones I did in high school and college (I’ll show you some of those in another post). The result is the start of a new series of small portraits, of no one in particular, on wood. I’m starting with 5 x7 inch ovals and 5 x 5 inch circles, but am already thinking of pieces a bit larger.

IMG_8182The first piece in this series, Blue Tattoo Girl, is complete and available in my Etsy shop. I’ll also have her and I hope others in my studio when I’m open for IDADA First Friday on August 7.

Here’s the evolution of Blue Tattoo Girl.

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Blue Tattoo Girl with watermark

And a sneak peek of the next one…

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Follow me on Instagram or Facebook for even more in progress images.

Sketchbook Sunday: Social Sketch Edition

Social Sketch #2 was held earlier this week at the Eiteljorg Museum at a sweet spot along the downtown canal, complete with great friends (old and new) and live music. There was some gold panning too.

Some awesome drawings and paintings where made, in particular, this one by Laura Levine. Laura is mainly a ceramic sculptor who exhibits her work all around Indianapolis, but I was especially taken with these drawings of those around us that night.

With that, I’m giving this Sketchbook Sunday to Laura:

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Throwback Thursday: Downpour

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It’s been raining A LOT here in Indianapolis. Not just a bit of drizzle – we’ve had tree toppling, roof crushing, basement flooding rain in recent weeks. All this makes this painting, Downpour, seem especially appropriate for this week’s Throwback Thursday.

Created in 2009, Downpour was recently exhibited as part of The Water Show at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis. It’s back in the studio for the moment, but will hopefully be finding its way to a new home soon.

Get Lost. Get Found. After Party at Indy Reads.

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The Paper Towns Tour stops in Indianapolis tomorrow, July 14 at 2:30pm at the Old National Centre. While I didn’t have anything to do with the film adaptation of this John Green movie (I’m available for Looking for Alaska, if needed), you can find me after the official tour stop at Indy Reads Books for the After Party hanging out with Stan Muller of CrashCourse, sister duo Lily & Madeleine and singer-songwriter, Jason Weidman.

Join us at 4pm, the event is free and is held at Indy’s coolest bookstore. For more details, click here.

Some of Kate's artwork (circled) on the set of The Fault in Our Stars (2014) - 20th Century Fox
Some of Kate’s artwork (circled) on the set of The Fault in Our Stars (2014) – 20th Century Fox

Social Sketch Indy #2 – July 15

Social Sketch Indy #2 is almost here! When getting this project going I thought, “maybe I’ll just do one or two” and “people will get tired of this”. Neither of these statements are true.

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Social Sketch Indy, the Indianapolis chapter of the ever-growing Social Sketch, begun in the Bay Area, is about to host it’s second event on Wednesday, July 15 from 5-8pm at the Eiteljorg Museum, and best of all, we’re starting to line up more events. I’ve been contacted by a handful of local organizations, all excited to host a future event.

The premise is simple. Bring your favorite art materials, preferably ones that travel well, along with a sketchbook or paper and join others for a few hours of drawing/sketching/doodling/collaborating. Social Sketch Indy differs a bit from the original groups in San Francisco, Oakland and Spokane in that we’re out to not only introduce you to other creatives, but also introduce you to our city. While the other groups meet up in restaurants and bars (which we are certainly not opposed to!), we’re meeting at different cultural organizations and artist collectives. This is your free pass to explore.

We’re out to keep it casual. There’s no leader or instructor, no one to give you an assignment. Bring materials you love and maybe learn about others. You can sit with others or find a quiet spot of your own. Make your own work or collaborate with others. It’s completely up to you!

Can’t make it to Social Sketch Indy #2? That’s okay! Be on the look out for upcoming events on our Facebook page and over on Instagram. Want to host a future event or know of a location we should contact? Email me at kate [at] kateoberreich [dot] com.

Also, much thanks to my partners in crime at Social Sketch Indy – Stephanie Lewis Robertson and Emily Schwank.