Miscellaneous Matters for Friday

December 5, 2008

Right: One of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' old entrance animal guardians—an urban sketch from one of my journals. Click on the image to see an enlargement, and read on to find out where to see the full image. (Hey, I just checked the enlargement and you can see the paper towel pattern where I mopped up one of my washes.) Staedtler Pigment Liner and gouache, PB60 of course.

A rambling post in which I discuss:

  • my discovery of the cure for cancer.
  • my post on Twin Cities Sketchers (a new blog I wrote of yesterday)
  • contact info for landscape artist Diane Wesman omitted from my original post (and a show reminder)
  • Danny Gregory's new book
  • bread baking
  • my hope of drawing dogs tonight

I say, if any of those things interest you read the post and go with the flow. If these things don't interest you maybe you need to ask "why not?" Either way, come back tomorrow. I'm still pushing for the "posting every day for two months" goal, and I have another contest coming up to celebrate that when I get there. So to begin…

Last night I dreamt that I discovered the cure for cancer, specifically Dottie's liver cancer, but it worked equally well for other cancers. As I drifted in and out of sleep it all made perfect sense. I could even have charted it out. This certainty of course evaporated when I got out of bed, even though I wanted to write it all down. The  human brain is a very interesting thing. I tried to focus on that positive quality, that "interesting aspect" as I went about my day unable to solve little problems let alone large ones.

I was fortunate to be able to have lunch with a friend today, who then also helped me set up a pesky action in Photoshop (I just never use actions, what can I say). I was anxious today to draw something urban because Ken Avidor has started a Twin Cities Sketchers blog (I wrote about it yesterday). Instead I handed Tom my journal and made him sketch in it at the end of lunch. (I can't show you that sketch because I didn't ask him permission. He knows he has to put up with me making him draw but that's the extent of our verbal contract!)

As far as the Twin Cities Sketchers blog went I did find out that at least at the start up an earlier drawing would be OK, so I posted the full page spread I drew outside the MIA a couple springs ago. If you go to Ken's blog you'll be able to see it there and read the post I wrote about my Pentimento Rap.

Of course I've never posted to anyone else's blog before and I've never used Blogger, so it was all rather tense for me. (I worried that I might inadvertently erase everything. Ken is very trusting.) I didn't get it to post, however, so I must be doing something wrong. I set a time and that time came and went. We'll see. Don't be too concerned if you don't see the rest of this image up there right away. But do go check out the images Ken and Roberta have put up.

The other thing I wanted to do today on my blog was remind folks that Diane Wesman's art can be seen this weekend at the Betsy Bowen Invitational Show which will run from December 5, 2008 to January 3, 2009 at Bowen's studio in Grand Marais, MN.  Opening festivities will be held on this weekend! There
will be a sneak peak preview and sale on Friday, December 5, from 5 to
8 p.m., and a two-day open house on Saturday, December 6, from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, December 7, from 1 to 4 p.m.
will have several small works there at affordable prices.

As I mentioned in my earlier post about this show, the drive to Grand Marais passes quickly because the scenery is gorgeous. You get to see the landscape change from prairie to north woods. Few things gladden the heart more than seeing those white pines increase in frequency!

But even more important I wanted to tell you that if you want to reach Diane to get on her mailing list to learn about future shows of her work you can write to her at

Sadly I forgot to include that in my original post!

I would also like to mention that my copy of Danny Gregory's new book An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration From The Private Sketchbooks Of Artists, Illustrators And Designers arrived. I know because I'm included in the book it might sound self-serving to say the book is FABULOUS, but the book is FABULOUS. There are so many different approaches included, so many different perspectives. I haven't been able to sit down this week and read it cover to cover, and I've been frustrated about that, but then again, that's a good thing because it has allowed me to savor the images and the profiles of the artists, actually digest the information. It's a lovely book too. I really like the landscape format and the interior design of the book, which provides options for showing a lot of journal pages. It's a whole lot of fun for $19.99, but if you go to Amazon at the above link you can get it for $11.99. If you keep a journal, or you like looking at other people's journals you're going to love this book. Page after page after page. If I had to pick chocolate or this book I would pick this book that's how fun it is to look at.

So that ties up the loose ends for this Friday. By the time this posts (actually shortly thereafter) I'll be baking a bunch of bread (loaves and loaves) for loved ones and friends. (Someone has to do it. I'm just glad it's me.) If all goes well with tomorrow's problem solving it looks very likely that I'll get to sketch some dogs in the evening. I'm trying not to hyperventilate.

Fill your weekend with sketching, urban or otherwise!

(Note: Profile Friday will return.)

    • Nita
    • December 5, 2008

    You may have learned this by now, but just to say that the Blogger post times are on Pacific Time. So translate your desired Minn. post time into Pacific, and the post will show up when you want it to.

    I love your art supply posts, and thoroughly enjoyed the interview you did with Danny Gregory–art supplies are my addiction!

    So glad you’re blogging!

  1. Reply

    Nita, I hadn’t heard about the Pacific time thing, but that would make sense with what was listed. If I had left the time alone I bet it would have posted right away! I think with Typepad the time was set at something but I was allowed to change it to my time zone.

    I’m glad you are enjoying the posts. I sure do love testing art supplies so you’ll hear more about them.


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