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Speaking of Pigeons: My First Visit to this Year’s State Fair


Above: No this isn't a pigeon, this is my first sketch on my first trip to this year's Minnesota State Fair. I walked into the Swine barn at 10:52 a.m. (running late) and met this pig, who was napping, but kept opening his eye and twirling his ears around, listening to all the barn sounds. A 9 x 7 inch, 300 lb. hot press Fabriano Artistico journal card, with Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils used dry. I was just getting used to this card size and these pencils on this paper. I wasn't really interested in drawing the pen as the light strokes there suggest, but the pig looked like it was floating, without that. I miss my definitive ink lines, but I pushed forward because I love experiements and a challange. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Yesterday I did make it to the Fair to test out my new selection of materials. As mentioned in the caption above, I decided this year to go with pencils and not use pens for sketching. This still seems very odd to me, but after the above warm up sketch, I had some good moments. The main difficulty for me is that at 9 x 7 the card size is a bit too large for me when working with pencil. I need to fill up the space quickly and the pencil doesn't do that, the way I use pencils. We'll see, as we move into other visits I may come to love these cards.


Minnesota State Fair Prep—#9: Don’t Make the Fair about Work


Above: a practice wild turkey sketch from my journal (there is a flock along the road where I ride my bike in the  mornings—10, silly adolescent birds; I sketched this on my return). The journal is one I made using old Folio paper, which is delightful to work on in any medium. The sketch is made with Stabilo Tones. I’m still seeking that softer look and experimenting. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

The other day a friend called me and said she probably wasn’t going to go to the Fair. Of course I gasped. She is also self-employed, and as is true for all self-employed people, she has to work when the work is there and when the work isn’t there she has to work at bringing the work in. But there is also a point where everyone has to have a life, and everyone has to find that point for themselves. (And I’m all about bossing my friends to that point of discovery.)


Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out

 Left: Map details for our two meeting locations. Tuesday, September 1, 2009 is the Minnesota State Fair Sketchout! Join with other artists to capture the sights and scenes at the Fair! Here's how it's going to work: BeginShow up at the Fair at anytime you want and get sketching! (Come with a sketching friend, bump […]


Minnesota State Fair Prep—Part 3: MCBA Visual Journal Collective’s August Meeting!


Above: Crowded Skyride line at the Minnesota State Fair. Pen and ink sketch ©Roberta Avidor. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Note: This post continues the State Fair prep series begun August 12!

Monday, August 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, the MCBA Visual Journal Collective will meet to PREPARE FOR THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR!

Three guest speakers will give tips on sketching at the Fair!

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