State Fair Substitute No. 2

#VirtualMinnesotaStateFairSketchOut2020

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.

She was missing her Minnesota State Fair so much she was inspired to create her own online Virtual Minnesota Sate Fair Sketch Out so we all could “visit” the fair and sketch together.

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.

Roz sketched from her photos and posted a wrap up on her blog, Roz Wound Up.

I missed the din and the smells of the barns but this allowed me to revisit the Fair through my photos.

I’m still craving my favorite fair food… a Greek Gyro sandwich. I guess I’ll have to make it myself.

State Fair Substitute No. 1

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.

Flashback Friday

As western Louisiana and more are continuing the clean up from Hurricane Laura I thought I’d share this journal spread from Friday, July 31st when Isaias was heading for the Carolina coast. Having lived briefly in Florida I’m still attuned to keeping tabs on all the Tropical Storms and Hurricanes. Every one of these storms carries the possibility of devastating consequences. My heart goes out to everyone still dealing with the aftermath.

As an aside, I’m quite fond of the triadic color scheme I’ve got here… Red Orange, Yellow Green, and Blue Violet.

Effeuiller la Marguerite

After a little research on Wikipedia it seems this childhood game of pulling petals from a daisy, the Marguerite, has a French origin.

I’m going with the French title since the only gender referred to here is linguistic… and it belongs to the daisy!

The lettering was applied with a brush and liquid frisket/mask. Once dry, the background color was washed across the pages and the mask was removed once the watercolor was fully dry.

Wild Horses

I hadn’t planned to take a blog “vacation” these last two Fridays but that’s what they became.

I’ve fallen out of my usual daily art habit and I’m working to put it back into place. It’s too important to let it all slip away.

A few weeks ago I was practicing my direct brush technique by painting one of my Breyer horse models and I can see areas where I’d like to improve my proportions.

I guess it’s time to paint her again. That should get me moving!

As Keith Richards and Mick Jagger wrote… “Wild horses couldn’t drag me away.”

Rest In Peace John Lewis

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

— Representative John Lewis
@repjohnlewis June 27,2018 on Twitter

“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.”

— John Lewis

I started this spread thinking of my own mundane life goals when I heard of Representative John Lewis’s death. Just reflecting on his life goals is aspirational.

Drawn from a photo of John Lewis at the State of the Union address on February 12, 2013. Photograph by Pete Souza for the White House – labeled for noncommercial use.