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Sketchbook Traveler: Hudson Valley

James Lancel McElhinney

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The practice of keeping log diaries and journals has evolved through the centuries with the growing popularity of travel for personal enrichment. Five-hundred years ago, artists like Albrecht Durer and explorers like Jacques le Moyne and John White, recorded their journeys in sketchbooks and journals. Picturing exotic locations was part of topographical drawing and cartography. Knowing what a destination looked like helped travelers know they had arrived. The Sketchbook Traveler carries this concept to the next level, expanding the range of plein air enthusiasts by freeing them from cumbersome easels and wet canvases. It provides the novice an introduction to plein air methods, without burdening them with costly equipment. It provides educators with teaching tools and lesson plans, and professional artists with a way to refine their mobile practices. Through drawing, painting, and journal keeping, The Sketchbook Traveler guides readers toward more mindful engagement with the world around them, deepening knowledge and enriching their personal experience in ways that make every day an adventure.

Size: 5 1/2" x 7" x 1" | 28 color drawings | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764360428

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James Lancel McElhinney is a visual artist, blogger, author, and fine press publisher. Trained at Tyler School of Art (BFA in painting), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and Yale (MFA in painting), McElhinney is the recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 2005, painting in book form has given McElhinney greater mobility. Identifying with expeditionary artists such as John-James Audubon, George Catlin, and Seth Eastman, McElhinney regards his paintings as leave-no-trace interventions; mindful encounters with nature, history, and science; and mining human experience in search of knowledge and ideas. His works are found in the collections of the Hudson River Museum, West Point Museum, and Albany Institute of History and Art. McElhinney lives in Manhattan and Champlain Valley with his wife, scholar and author Dr. Katherine E. Manthorne, and a feline named Maeve.