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“If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interest to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there’s no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.” – David Foster Wallace – Up, Simba!
“We are not helpless. The fire is still burning. Please go out and vote this November. Too many people have died and sacrificed so much for us to have our voice, we have to use it. Get in formation. Use our voices to do something great for our children.” – Beyoncé
This year on our big family camping weekend we carved and decorated so many pumpkins I needed two full spreads in my journal to document them all sitting on the low rock wall bordering our sites.
Thank goodness we had delicious treats to keep up our energy. From top to bottom – lime, roasted shrimp, pepperoni, horseradish cheese, salami, pickle chip and another shrimp… and of course the requisite celery stick for stirring. Yum.
As we pass through the months of the pandemic I’ve been following Gayle Kabaker, one of my favorite artist/illustrators. She has been writing and illustrating an occasional column, Sketching My Way Through Crisis, in The Washington Post and last month they hosted a webinar on Zoom. Gayle and her guest, Jennifer Orkin Lewis aka: August Wren, answered questions and each shared sketchbook techniques while inspiring us to sketch along with them.
I blasted out these two spreads while taking copious notes so I can refer to them when my own inspiration is nowhere to be found. (BTW… all faces drawn here are from my imagination. No egos were harmed in the making of these pages.)
I believe the plan is to upload the webinar to YouTube but I don’t think it’s happened yet. I’ll be sure to update this post with the link when it happens.
The only person I know who misses the State Fairs more than me is Roz Stendahl. In fact, she’s the one who inspired me to begin my yearly practice of sketching at my own New Hampshire Hopkinton State Fair.
I quickly pulled up a few of the photos I took on one of my previous trips to the Hopkinton Fair and proceeded to sketch along and enjoy the camaraderie with other sketchers. I used some loose art papers I had lying on the desk and later collaged them into my sketchbook.
This is the original goat image but as it was too large to fit the entirety into my journal I chose to cup out the lower goat to collage onto the opening hashtag page.
One of my favorite sketching activities is a trip to our State Fair. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic closed that opportunity and forced me to look for alternatives. That’s why I jumped at the suggestion from a few of my art buddies for a physically distanced visit to Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock, Vermont.
This time of the year the cows are usually on the State Fair prize circuit. I was happy to have them home and posing for me.
The sunflowers were in bloom and the breeze was at my back as I sat on the orchard’s hill looking east. I found I didn’t miss the Fair quite as much as I thought.