Philadelphia, PA


Charles Ritchie talk at Arcadia University

‘34 Years of Keeping a Journal: Notes on a Daily Practice for Artists and Writers’, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA, January 23, 4:30 pm at Arcadia’s Little Theatre (directly adjacent to art gallery) The journals of Charles Ritchie have been created continuously since 1977 and record the artist's direct response to his subjects. Now numbering 136 books, the images contained within often provide insight into the creation of a work or lay groundwork for new drawings and prints while his private notations in nearly illegible script track the artist’s dreams. This lecture is a wide-ranging look at the artist’s journaling practice beginning with a description of the artist’s current journal and how it is used. Continuing, Ritchie looks back to the origins of his interest in the book form and the dawn of his enthusiasm for art and studying the creative process. A brief chronology relates how the books emerged and evolved over more than three decades augmented by descriptions of technical methods including notes on painting in watercolor and a discussion about how dreams are remembered and their significance in self-study. A brief look at artists, writers, and poets follows, reflecting the importance of models in developing the artist’s journaling practice. In conclusion, selected journal studies are presented alongside completed drawings, offering a dialogue between the proposed image and its resolution.