I’m Allison Hennie, originally from Ohio, but currently residing in Memphis, Tennessee (click here to follow my blog!). I’m a licensed architect with a Masters in urban anthropology, completed graduate coursework in museum studies and pursuing a PhD in archaeology focusing on the built environment.
I started painting watercolors and my WordPress blog, The Museum Shed, about a year ago. My PhD adviser suggested a blog in order to get in the habit of writing as well as a tool for marketing myself. Things didn’t quite work out that way and I ended up spending my time learning how to use watercolors and continue to learn more about the process. Sketching and painting provide relief from life in academia. Although, sketching, academia, and my work life have recently intersected.
The first set of watercolors and brush I used were by Crayola and I still use them at times. The other sets I have were gifted to me by friends. One day while sitting in a coffeeshop I noticed a man painting with an aqua brush pen. After we talked, I biked to the local art store and bought one. When painting I often try a few smaller scale iterations before moving on to the final version. I try to limit myself to 5-25 minutes per painting. Sometimes this requires use of a hair dryer. Given my interest in people and places the paintings are inspired often inspired by those two topics.
The Museum Shed