May 18th, 2018

Smithsonian Castle

Artist: Amanda Kavanagh, United States
Artist Statement: This is a quick sketch from a recent trip to Washington, D.C. Normally when I’m visiting a city like D.C., I’m jumping from museum to monument to gallery, trying to take in as much as I can each day. It’s exhilarating and fun, but usually ends up as a blurry memory and a stack of photos buried somewhere on my computer. When I sit down and sketch I can often make a much stronger connection with a place.

We stopped by the Smithsonian Castle to take a short rest and grab a quick lunch between museum-hopping. I grabbed my sketchbook to pass the time while I waited for my friend. I didn’t know much about the history of the building at the time, but I later looked it up and added the text to fill up the page. In the end these are probably 20 minutes from the trip I can recall with the most clarity: the color of the building facade and intricacy of the window panes, the noisy group of school kids walking by in the drizzling rain, and the nearby cherry tree that was just beginning to bloom.

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Amanda Kavanagh is a graphic designer and painter living in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Instagram: @amanda.kavanagh

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The Smithsonian Castle was the Smithsonian Institution’s first building, constructed in 1855. It now houses most of the Institution’s administrative offices.]


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