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Sketchbook Traveler

Hudson Valley

Sketchbook Traveler
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Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

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5.5 X 7.0 in
128 pg

ART / Subjects & Themes / Landscapes & Seascapes
ART / Environmental & Land Art


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.


"Part artistic history of the Hudson River Valley, part travel guide, and part how-to-manual on how to be a sketchbook traveler McElhinney's volume is as absorbing as it is beautiful. McHlhinney is that rare contemporary artist who at once seems to live in our 21st century moment of environmental consciousness and at the same time follow in the footsteps of 18th century topographic explorers and 19th century picturesque artists. His knowledge is voracious, and his writing style witty and gregarious. Above all his sketches are transportive, and inspire the reader to travel along in his footsteps, and above all be not afraid to venture out on their own path, to turn looking into seeing, and to record their own journeys." - Anna O. Marley, Ph.D. Kenneth R. Woodcock Curator of Historical American Art

Author Bio

James Lancel McElhinney is a visual artist, author, and essayist, best known for travel journals and other works exploring American rivers and Civil War landscapes. Exhibited widely, his works are represented in numerous public and private collections.With a Yale MFA, Tyler School of Art BFA, and study at Skowhegan, McElhinney has received grants from Pollock-Krasner Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in New York with his wife, cultural historian Katherine Manthorne.