Above: My first journal card from my second visit to the 2009 Minnesota State Fair on September 1, 2009. Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils used dry on a 9 x 7 inch card of Fabriano Artistico 300 lb. HP Watercolor paper. Notes written with a Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.3. I started in the top left (there are small pencil numbers 1, 2, 3) and worked clockwise.
The Minnesota State Fair ends today—it always ends on Labor Day. The barns close at 3 p.m., so if you want to see the animals you need to get there in advance of that, before everyone is packing up! (According to their website the Fairgrounds will close at 10 p.m. and the Mighty Midway will close at 11 p.m.) I wanted to give you warning, in case you were sitting on the fence! You can still get there and have some fun.
The journal card at the head of this post was my first card on the day of the Sketch Out. I walked into the Fairgrounds at 10:38 a.m. and made straight for the Swine Barn. It didn't take long to find two energetic and interesting pigs to sketch for my warm up. (The top two sketches are the same pig.)
Take time to warm up, and don't worry if the animals are moving all about. Be patient, watch, get familiar with the sounds and movement in the barn, and then get some lines down on your paper.
By the time I walked out of the Fair on Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. I had filled 13 cards, made two pieces of spin art (see the video Ken Avidor made of me at the Spin Art booth), eaten two corn dogs, and enjoyed two meetings with the other sketchers who showed up for the first Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out (see the video Ken made of that too and see art from other sketchers at Urban Sketchers—Twin Cities).
I'll have more posts about my Fair visits in the coming days, as I have time to scan the cards, and make a portfolio to hold them. In the meantime, remember, it's not too late to have fun at the Fair!