Welcome back! Yes, you’re right, I skipped a week. Sometimes life doesn’t fit my schedule. Sometimes I’m just along for the ride. I try my best to keep to what I promise. I try hard. I usually succeed.
After a week of recovery from Cirenaica which included organizing my workshop notes, followed by a week of fireworks and birthday candles and setting up for a new round of paintings, I’m back on task. Well, I’m back on task as much as my summer distractions allow. Squash is growing, tomatoes are showing up, and banana peppers scream, “Pick me! Pick me!” Flower baskets beg for water.
The dog wants out to laze in the sun then wants in because the flies and mosquitoes are driving her crazy.
It seems a long time since I’ve devoted myself to my sketchbook. I’ve been preoccupied with the first novel and now writing the second, while still editing and revising the first. But I have to sketch because I cannot paint until I sketch.
Sketching finds the feeling that feeds my wrist and fingers and brushes to make the paintings I want to produce. This year I’m concentrating on mixed media, stylized images that express comfort and love. I want to make things that make other people smile and feel good.
And more… I’ll see how far I get this week and what catches my interest.
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Sketchorama was supposed to open on November 18 but we had that, you remember, 10 inches of snow. The power went out in the gallery building so no show. It just couldn’t go on. Happily, the show opened last night. We arrived early and had some quiet time to sit and study the sketchbooks. There were 51 participating artists from around the world.
The organizer, Martin (Marty), should be proud of himself. The show is such fun and illustrates a wide range of talent and styles. I’ll bring you a longer, well thought out post full of fun facts about the exhibit and participants after I get photos.
Note to self: Don’t take cell phone pics in low light. Useless enterprise.
Sketchorama runs through January 14, 2017.
Hours | Tuesday – Saturday | 12:30pm – 5:00pm or by appointment.
I will be showing my work through a “Preparing to Paint” sketchbook, developed over a 3-month period, at The New Bohemian Gallery. Sketchorama opening reception is November 18 from 5 – 8 p.m. The gallery is located in the Franklin Arts Center, Brainerd, MN. Please join us. The show will run through January 14.
The New Bohemian Gallery
Franklin Arts Center
1001 Kingwood St | Gallery 226
Brainerd, MN 56401
Tuesday – Saturday | 12:30 – 5 pm