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Minnesota State Fair Dreaming…

August 10, 2015

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Above: I walk into the Swine barn first, every time I arrive at the Fair. Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy marker on watercolor paper card. 8 x 8 inches.

The first thing I do when I get to the Fair is walk into the Fairgrounds entrance near the Swine Barn, then walk into the Swine Barn and start sketching. There is NOTHING like the fun of the first sketch of the day, unless it’s the second, third, fourth,…tenth…nineteenth…

Pigs are very colorful and I love exploring those colors.

Sometimes I get interrupted while sketching. On this day the farmer and a friend both found me. Interruptions sometimes mean the washes dry out so you can’t work them how you planned, or the animal moves, or is taken away to be judged.

And it’s all OK, because all you have to do is walk down the row and find ANOTHER model.

Are you ready for the Fair yet??????

The Minnesota State Fair starts on August 27, 2015.

The Seventh Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out is Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

    • Julana
    • August 10, 2015
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    I am very sympathetic to pigs. I grew up across a small valley from a farmer who raised hogs. Their life is so limited. They move so slow. Rare people find them beautiful. Their pens smell bad, to most people. They never complain.
    Maybe the occasional background soundtrack of Babe is getting to me.

  1. Reply

    Thanks Miss T, we’ll be seeing a lot of pig sketches this year!

  2. Reply

    That is one sexy pig!

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