June started with a family reunion. My husband's family gathered at the Lake of the Ozarks, in Missouri. We played on the boat, cruised the lake, miniature golf, took walks, and I sketched. A highlight of the trip was meeting up with Cathy Johnson. What a joy to meet this woman in person and sketch together.
Next came a sketching road trip up the Northern California Coast. We traveled along the historic Highway 1 and 101. My sketching buddy Judy joined me for a full week of driving, sight seeing, sketching, sketching, sketching... We stopped in many little towns and sights along the way: San Rafael, Valley Ford, Fort Ross, Mendocino, Jenner,
Fort Bragg, Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse, Ferndale...and final destination Trinidad. The highlight of the trip was meeting up with my son Thomas and his lovely lady Lisa. He is a commercial fisherman bringing home fresh salmon, lingcod, halibut... It took some scheduling to pull him off the water but we had a wonderful evening together. I even had a chance to sketch his beautiful little boat, the Sangria.
Last week I joined a group of fellow painters for three days of painting en plein air. We met in Beaumont, California. The location was beautiful in every sense of the word. Lavender fields stretched for acres all around the grounds. The lovely scent of lavender being harvested was heavenly. Yes, the weather was hot, hot, HOT! The first day reached 99 degrees in the shade but plenty of water and a nice breeze made it more than comfortable.
After a year that has been heavy with sorrow I feel like a bird stretching my wings and taking flight again. The gray veil of sadness has lifted and I feel the joy and warmth of summer around me. The joy of creating art restores my spirit in a way nothing else can. I am so grateful for this life I live, the family I have, and fellow artists and students who enrich my world. Thank you!
This week I drop off paintings at the Brea Gallery for the "Into the Light, Plein Air Invitational", next week I teach a Negative Painting workshop at my STUDIO, next I teach a workshop at Cheap Joe's, ... the final workshop of the year is October 26-28, Stained Paper Collage with Watercolor. ~Life is full