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Berries is one of several pieces I drew at my first meeting the Mass Street Art Guild. I finally paid my dues last night at what I thought was a meeting. It turned out to be the formal wine and cheese opening for the Affordable Art show. Since my art was turned in last week, it got hung beautifully and wasn't among the last minute hangings that took place right before the show.

They bought a huge tray of fruit -- grapes, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. A kind artist named Leeza (spelling is phonetic) went to the snack counter and asked if I wanted anything. I said a few of the berries, she brought me some of all of them in a plastic cup. I savored them thoroughly while we talked about pasteling and the show and the guild.

As soon as I'd eaten them, a poet named Sara gave a couple of recitations. She inspired me and I opened my Erengi Art Aspirer set and started drawing in my sketchbook. So "Berries" is from memory and imagination, but very fresh memory.

I also sketched Sara as she spoke, but she moved and I wound up only guessing at her profile. It turned out to have more resemblance to my Thursday night art pal Lisa but is still a recognizable face.



One of the artists offered a trade -- she had an entire rack of origami lilies made on incense sticks and traded me a flower for a flower. I didn't scan it, but I sketched her a Bird of Paradise ATC on a piece of white sanded Wallis that I'd brought. I also did an abstract on another piece of the Wallis, inspired by the colors of several pastel abstracts by the lily artist.



Cool Swirls will get listed on eBay this evening and I'll probably update with the listing. I might list a couple of other unsold ACEOs too, since I did get a query from a buyer I didn't know on my scratchboard ACEO.

I had a great time at the party and today I'm just resting up. I did move around a lot, but I found out that Aimee's Coffeehouse where the Guild meets has big squashy couches and armchairs. As long as I go a little early to the meetings I should be able to find good seating that doesn't wreck my back.

I also tested out my Sahara Pack Stool and found out that I need to pull off and fold up the canvas for the back or it will fall off as soon as I pick it up once it's folded down. It's not hard to handle and the bag was very convenient for my stuff, but I think I'll want to make sure to keep that canvas back folded in the front pocket when I use it. Good thing I found out about it without losing the canvas back, or the two poles supporting it would just be pointless weight. There are a lot of backless stools that have that design but the back is very helpful when I sit in it.

I was able to sit down the couple of times I stepped outside for a smoke, and that also helped my back. So hopefully the meetings won't be too hard on me. I think I was the only one who brought sketching materials though, everyone else knew it was the opening. That helped me socially though -- it became a good icebreaker and something to do when everyone else was talking to people they knew. By the end of the evening I'd met a lot of cool people and felt like I fit in pretty well.
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landkee
Dec. 8th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Berries look very tasty!
robertsloan2
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
Thanks! I think I was inspired by the flavor. lol
anniefancy
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
I really like your abstract swirls. But then, my favs of yours are the ones done in bright colors. That sounds like a really nice evening. Isn't it funny that if you just open a pad and start drawing no matter where you are, it's a conversation starter. It probably even works at the laundromat, although I've never tried it there. But drawing while eating in a restaurant usually will at least get the waitress talking and sometimes more wait persons and even a customer or two. There's a well known comic book artist near here (who left and now works for Disney or one of those big places) who said he took a sketch pad with him everywhere and when he went to restaurants he was always known at "that guy who draws" and they let him sit there as long as he wanted. It does open doors, dunnit.
robertsloan2
Dec. 10th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Thanks! I love all the ones I do with bright colors too. The abstract swirls might be just the first in a series of abstracts in strong colors. I almost want to follow it with something in strong warm colors, a flame-colored abstract with a gas-flame blue accent.

You're so right! I have done it at a laundromat -- when I lived in New Orleans, I used laundromats all the time. I'd also get bored easily, so I always either brought a book to read or sketch materials -- and some kind of jotbook for writing ideas. People will come over and look at it and it always starts a conversation whatever I'm drawing.

But the only mediums that I would do that with in a restaurant are oil pastels or colored pencils because of the relative toxicity of most other mediums and the amount of clutter that starts to spread out. I guess I've done ink or pencil sketches in restaurants too. I can remember a few ballpoint-on-napkin drawings in the past.

But I think the oil pastel sketching is more likely to result in beautiful finished work from those small studies. I may want to take my Aquabee tree free sketchbook and a small set the next time I go hang out at a coffeehouse. The neat thing is that if I wear my vest with pockets, the small set fits in my pocket and so does any 4 x 6" sketchbook.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Art
Robert, It's WONDERFUL that you found a group of artists in your community to create with. I wish I was so fortunate!
DEB
robertsloan2
Dec. 9th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Art
It's been great. I'm paying for it now with a really bad day though.
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