This week we were graced with the presence of Guest Artist and Instructor Joan Benotti www.joanbenotti.com. Joan is a protean artist who works in oils, wood, gold leaf, paper, gesso, and colored pencils to name just a few of the materials she processes into compelling and richly annotated works of art. She generously instructed us in the ways she customizes Nautical Maps.
|Joan told how she began embellishing Nautical Charts with colored Pencils while living on Eleuthera in the Bahamas.|
Time, then, to go to the beach and gather things, or to the library or nearby book shop for books on native flora and shells, or the internet for reference materials.
|Joan had a President Taft stamp for the chart of the Beverly coastline.|
Joan collects old stamps, post cards, and antique books to help inform the iconography of her charts. When working with a client she might incorporate personal effects, like note, letters, or in the case of her brother who was a Chemist, the periodic table of elements.
|Her audience at our Garage School was spell bound.|
|After thinking about the chart, collect your materials.|
|Next, make drawings on tracing paper to place your information.|
|The demonstration chart of Salem, Beverly, and Manchester.|
|Mary Healy gets her bearings.|
|Mary Vettere explores the Salem of her childhood.|
|Pam Price working from her preparatory sketches.|
|Mary Ellen Leekley finds a turtle on Misery Island.|
|Linda Harvey plants a Rosa Rugosa.|