Notes from an Artistic Journey

Adrian Hill: War Sketcher, Art Therapist, Artist

Adrian Hill: War Sketcher, Art Therapist, Artist

In times of the Covid pandemic, with added stress and isolation in the lives of many, there has never been more need for the therapeutic aspects of art and creativity.   For those who use art to cope and heal from trauma and inner scars, the spirit of Adrian Hill will live on.

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Sketching Flora and Priapus at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sketching Flora and Priapus at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I sketched sculptures of Flora and Priapus at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These figures were carved by Pietro Bernini with assistance of his son Gian Lorenzo, who went on to become one of the most famous artists in Rome, founding the Baroque style of sculpture while working for generations of Popes.

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Painting Stone Arch Bridge in the Catskill Mountains

Painting Stone Arch Bridge in the Catskill Mountains

This past weekend I escaped the city heat and drove to the Catskill Mountains to paint a beautiful old structure - Stone Arch Bridge in Sullivan County. It was the second time I painted this bridge, the last time was in late fall when most leaves were brown....

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Sketching Abandoned Steam Locomotives in Maine

Sketching Abandoned Steam Locomotives in Maine

Deep in Maine’s north woods sit two rusting 100-ton steam engines, remnants of the lumber industry that once supplied twenty percent of America’s paper.  These reminders of the Industrial Revolution are a bonanza for railway buffs and sketchers.

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The Demise of Art Supply Stores in Manhattan

The Demise of Art Supply Stores in Manhattan

There was a time when an art supply store was a destination of peaceful refuge and an incubator of dreams.  In these once revered halls of colorful wonder, the sales people were quirky but knowledgeable and eager to help.  I remember long conversations about the pros...

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My Art Library:  Sketching Before Urban Sketchers

My Art Library: Sketching Before Urban Sketchers

Before the explosion of the Urban Sketchers movement there was very little published on this topic. On a recent visit to Los Angeles I stopped by my favorite art books store, Hennesy & Ingalls, and discovered some treasures I’d like to share. 

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