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.
Over the years the spindly young oak in my backyard has become quite grand and has started producing an amazing number of acorns, much to my and the squirrels’, delight.
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.
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.
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.
“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
-Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Each moment of the year has its own beauty… a picture which was never seen before and which shall never be seen again.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
I’m land-dwelling with dry, bumpy skin and not aquatic with smooth, slimy frog skin. And so…
definitely NOT a frog!
… and a big one at that.