Most people use conventional paper and pencil for their sketchbooks. Susan Murtaugh uses her iPod Touch, an application called Brushes and her fingers. All the tools she needs in one little device that fits in her purse or pocket. All she has to worry about is charging it up at night while she sleeps. Electronic Plein Aire is her new love.
According to the Web site, the Brushes application, “featuring an advanced color picker, several realistic brushes, extreme zooming, and a simple yet deep interface…is a powerful tool for creating original artwork on your mobile device.” Finished pieces are then downloaded and printed archivally. Murtaugh and other well-know Brushes users have recently been featured in an ABC News Web cast and on the cover of The New Yorker (May 25).
Murtaugh is a Graduate of the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts with majors in Illustration and Graphic Design. She’s worked for over 35 years in design and advertising. Throughout her commercial art career she continued to pursue her interests in Fine Art including drawing, painting and woodcarving.
Murtaugh has shown her work in the Chicago area at the Evanston Art Center, where she was also a Board Member and President of the Co-Op Gallery; with the Midwest Pastel Society, where she was Vice President and Exhibit Chair; and in South Haven, Michigan at the Lighthouse Row Gallery.
She has retired but not stopped working and lives in the Town of Two Creeks, north of Two Rivers, on Lake Michigan, with her husband Phil and artist son, Alex.
The Flying Pig Gallery and Greenspace is located at N6975 Highway 42, two miles south of Algoma. The gallery is open 9 am – 6 pm daily. For more information call 920.487.9902 or visit http://www.theflyingpig.biz.