September 16, 2016

Friday Around Town

Last Friday I made a trip out to Collierville to get my beloved boots serviced, and I had to stop at Mensis Dairy Bar to get a super good burger and shake! That's the building down there on the bottom right, with the water tower behind it.


Then after work I went to the Words Matter event at Playhouse on the Square - part of the Mid-South Book Festival - and sketched some of the performances.

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September 15, 2016

This Is Why We Sketch

To keep from losing our minds in the worst traffic ever!

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September 12, 2016

September 10, 2016

Selfie


September 09, 2016

Dude.

At Starbucks on a hot June afternoon.

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September 08, 2016

Working Title

In lieu of a therapist or confessional, I have this blog. Since you already know how little I’ve been scanning my sketches, let me confess to you how little I’ve been painting lately. (And when I refer to painting here on my personal blog, I do mean oil painting on paper or on canvas in my studio, mostly from photographs.)

Last year at the end of August I worked to get my painting mojo back, and immediately followed that up with a three-month jag of house-hunting, selling and moving, though I was able to do some painting during that time.

Then at the beginning of this year I had some commissions (several paintings and a sketch!), and working on them was a great way to get to know my new studio. After the commissions it was just all work work work on the Urban Sketchers Symposium during June and July.

After that was done and I was back from Manchester and settled back in I thought that it was time to paint. I worked really hard to do all the other stuff that needed doing so that when Studio Night came around I could just paint paint paint instead of work work work, which led me to feel like this when Studio Night came around: “QUICK! HURRY! PAINT! What if I die tomorrow and there are ten shitty unfinished paintings sitting in my studio?!” So I’ve been doing a lot of rushed, crappy work for the past few weeks.

I’ve got three months left with Urban Sketchers; my term as President is up on December 9. I’ve got a lot of work to do until then. I know better than to try to force the painting. After December 9, when the Era of Lazy Elizabeth begins, I will be painting at my own pace on Studio Nights, sketching whenever I feel like it, playing with new art materials and thinking about how to teach with them, looking at more art, and engaging with my local art community (once again).

Don’t get me wrong, I love Urban Sketchers like it’s a member of my family, but what I don’t love is my own Leo/ISTJ/oldest-daughter need to take charge of everything that interests me, and become so focused on it that other things suffer.

So here’s a sketch of my desk and coffee cup, and of Memphis Pizza Cafe that I did waiting to pick up a pizza one Studio Night a couple of weeks before the Symposium. Maybe one day I will scan my sketches from the Symposium, too!

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July 22, 2016

Summer Collection: Memphis Trees























I love love love Memphis trees even though I am allergic to all of them.

Here's a quick watercolor I did before work one morning.

Another quick morning watercolor

Bonus banana!

July 20, 2016

July Collections: Places

Casablanca on Poplar in Old East Memphis. As I was leaving, a couple was looking at the menu outside, and I said - oh just go on in!


In Memphis, we have a pyramid. It houses a Bass Pro shop, so the entrances look like a wood-clad lodge. It is an outdoor store that you have to drive to.


More take-out! This time it's what we've start calling "the usual" - shrimp and catfish po-boys from Soulfish.


July 18, 2016

July Collections: Food & Things

Here's my first entry for World Watercolor Month (#worldWatercolorMonth) was a super quick coffee cup and wonky plumb.


My second entry, just as wonky, was sketched at Mardi Gras Restaurant.


Working on #USkManchester2016 at the coffee shop, but too hot to for coffee.




July 15, 2016

Hustle

Tuesday night at Crosstown I sketched Robert Hollingsworth, Kenny Wayne Alexander, Jim Masterson, and Mary Jo Karimnia during the panel discussion at Hustle: Pricing Your Artwork. It was a great talk, and crowded! If you're interested in hearing more about practical art issues from the locals who know, check out Crosstown Arts.

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(Sketched with Pentel Aquash waterbrush pens filled with Dr. PH Marten's watercolor.)