Today I worked on several commissioned cards for special birthdays, weddings, a Bill Cosby card to go with tickets for his return to our beautiful Midland Theater in September. I had several visitors and one grandma was here from New York for a visit with her grandchildren. I shared my appreciation for New York city and shared a couple of my experiences I have in my memory bank. I invited her to come back for a longer visit next time and she shared wonderful stories of her 94 year old mother and four sisters. I truly wish I could have had a longer amount of time to spend with her...she was a gift to my day. She wished me luck in my studio...that she found to be fascinating and hopefully someday we will meet again.
I spent the end of my day at a picnic table with Priscilla and Jenny Lynn. It was the final night for Art in the Arboretum ...next year we will get a earlier start and maybe have a themed exercise for each week...free styling no matter what medium you choose. The breeze gentle kissed our cheeks and cooled the sun rays from the earlier hours of the day. The tree tops were swaying and a flutter of small leaves began to to flee the branches as if they were in a ballet. Priscilla worked on beautiful hummingbirds and shared some of her frustrations...she is facing surgery real soon to repair her knee and lives in constant pain! Jenny Lyn picked up a fallen leaf and began a pencil study that was in a photo realism style. Stunning works ! I began the first processes of another police dog portrait ...Ike is the youngest member of the force and I am trying to create an image to play homage to his dedicated training and sweet disposition! When the pup is in a relaxed state ...he actually appears to be smiling! I love the feel of a soft 4B lead pencil...the soothing marks make the image less intimidating because I enjoy the slow process and know I can return to this project whenever time is available.
Soft posies and ground cover almost make me see the fairies living in the evening mists.