i’ve been painting quicky venice studies from google maps. by that i mean i did ONE such study. top left.
somehow i stumbled upon john singer sargent’s venice watercolors. these sloppy messes of mine are hardly worth sharing, but they’re the kinds of work i’m getting up to in my sketchbook lately. a new 8x10ish landscape moleskine. looking at shapes, colors, strokes. not making any pretty pictures just logging some sketchbook miles.
i loved reading what sargent often said when he had finished setting up his paper and palette and was getting ready to begin a new watercolor:
“i can’t do it! it’s unpaintable! well…let’s have a whack at it”
i’m enveloped in a creative torpor since school started. all of my energy stolen by my day job.
dear diana giffin a beloved member of our online art community died unexpectedly a few weeks ago during a routine medical procedure. i’ve had her flickr account linked in my blog links for a very long time. she lived in the wilds of montana, loved animals, sketchbooks, nature, her husband jon, and exchanging letters and mailart with many people. i will miss the thoughtful comments and emails she occasionally sent me. carol and i often mentioned her in passing as someone we would love to meet someday. maybe you knew her or remember her from an online class or mail exchange?
diana’s IG was naturegrl64
i went for a walk at huntington gardens and descanso gardens this weekend. summer heat has kept me from both places for the last couple of months. how good it was to return and see the latest flowers, pods, and growing things.
i saw a large group of deer at descanso including 2 bucks and a fawn nursing his mama! i sat for a long time in perfect stillness and watched them grazing in a clearing in the oak woodland.
in the classroom the kids are getting busy in their sketchbooks.
i know diana would have loved seeing these since she made such a generous contribution for this particular donor’s choose project.
hope you’re well, friends. somewhere out there in the world. readying for a new adventure. laying down for some creative slumber. paddling your little rowboat down a calm stream. reading something captivating. depositing some big thoughts on a page. gazing up at the milky way. boarding a plane. climbing into your car. starting a roadtrip. going somewhere. planning. dreaming.