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Don’t Miss the 11th Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out!

August 19, 2019

 

It’s almost time for the 11th Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out!

Saturday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

Location: Minnesota State Fairgrounds in  St. Paul, Minnesota. See this link on the Fair Website for driving instructions to the Fairgrounds, and a printable map of the Fairgrounds. (These maps are available at the Fair Information booths too.)

There will be two meetings on each day of the Sketch Out: 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. See the map at the end of this post for the meeting place. (Look for someone holding up a MSFSO sign and holding a sketchbook!)

On Saturday morning Sandra Kampf Theis will be holding the meeting. On Tuesday morning LisaMarie (Lmnop) will be welcoming you. I’ll be there on both days at the 4:30 p.m. meeting.  

Show up at any one of the 4 meetings to show your sketches and get a free button to commemorate the event. (Of course we’d love to see you and your sketches at all of the meetings!)

Remember: this event is FREE. (You buy your own Fair ticket.) All skill levels are welcome!

This is a Rain or Shine event. If it is raining at meeting time go into the Agriculture-Horticulture Building (Ag-Hort) and make your way to the center of the building—all halls lead to it. There you will find us sharing our art and stories. (See the map below for the meeting location.)

If you attend and post your sketches on social media please use the hashtag #2019MinnesotaStateFairSketchOut

There will also be a gallery of images posted on Minnesota Public Radio’s site. Details for posting there will be available at the meetings.

See you at the Fair!

    • Susan
    • August 19, 2019
    Reply

    Sadly I’m too far away to participate. Hope you have oodles of fun! By the way, I LLOVE that LLAMA.

    1. Reply

      Thanks Susan, I’m looking forward to the Fair. I’m glad you enjoyed my sketch—I hope you like it as a goat, as that’s what it is.

        • Susan
        • August 19, 2019
        Reply

        Haha. I did consider other species, but thought it definitely had llama eyes. It’s a fine goat too, for a llama.

          • Susan
          • August 19, 2019
          Reply

          I meant to say, for a llama look alike.

    • Tina Koyama
    • August 19, 2019
    Reply

    I saw the fantastic button on Facebook! Can’t wait! See you next Tuesday!

    1. Reply

      Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday Tina!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jeanne
    • August 24, 2019
    Reply

    Yesterday, I went to the Gillespie County Fair (Fredericksburg, Texas) armed with sketching/painting supplies, water, and enough money for a corny dog and Coke. The night before I had re-watched your videos on gesture sketching of chickens and painting of a turkey from the Drawing in Public online class. The temperature here was high 90s, and as I wandered around the pens and arenas (junior 4-H – ers showing their sheep and cattle) I had to talk myself into painting in that unbearable heat. Poultry and rabbits were very still and quiet, good for sketching practice but still challenging. Rallied by the thought of a perfectly cooked corny dog (the cook said he could cook it as soft or crispy as I wanted), I started some gesture sketches of the sheep, cattle, rabbits, and roosters. The grand champion fuzzy lop rabbit was the cutest animal I had ever seen, but in the heat, he was looking like grumpy cat. I realized later I was doing contour sketches instead of gesture sketches so I need to work on that technique. I zeroed in on a blue ribbon barred rock cock who was posing elegantly, and so I sketched and then painted him (I remembered to put the cap of the waterbrush in my pocket). I thanked him and went to the vendor for my corny dog reward. Thank you for your guidance and encouragement throughout the year. I look forward to more practice so I am a faster and better sketcher next year.

    1. Reply

      Jeanne, it sounds like you had the perfect day. I love that you hung in there, and did your contour-gesture hybrids. The important thing is that you showed up, observed and sketched. And yes the more practice you get the faster and better you’ll get. Do remember to savor the sketches from this year. Take them out again in about a month and look at them with your fresh eye. Remind yourself of the day and the conditions and then think of the specific things you might focus on this year to help prepare you for next year. Maybe a friend raises chickens? Maybe you have a dog you can sketch? Keep going.

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