What a summer it has been!! June started with a family reunion at Lake of the Ozarks, MO. It's rarefor the Swenson clan to gather all in one place. My husband's family is scattered all across the country. It was so much fun to steal away with my sister-in-laws for hours of giggles...girl time! While in Missouri Cathy Johnson and I had a chance to get together. Our husband's joined us for
|Cathy & Joseph|
Shortly after returning home I was off again for a Road Trip with my sketching buddy Judy Schroeder. We had been planning the trip for months. With all our sketching gear packed we took off for a delightful adventure to Northern California. We took the scenic roads along the coast, stopped in tiny town, historic spots and sketched to our hearts delight. The highlight was making it all the way to Trinidad to see my oldest son Thomas and Lisa. I even got to sketch his fishing boat the "Sangria". I made this short video. Hope you enjoy seeing the journey and sketches as much as I enjoy sharing them.
Later in the summer I joined a group of plein air painters
|Lavender Fields of Beaumont|
fields. It was HOT (99 degrees in the shade) but the warm breeze blowing across the lavender made the experience heavenly.
In the midst of all this play and travel I managed to get a little work done (wink). I delivered paintings to two shows, did artwork for Pier 1 Imports, working on a project for Daniel Smith Art Materials...and I taught three workshops.
A couple weeks ago I was in Boone, NC teaching at Cheap Joe's Art Stuff. I can't say enough nice things about Joe and the Gang. Some of the nicest people in the country. And my students were the BEST, too. They were the hardest working, focused, eager to learn group and a lot of fun!
|Class of 2015|
Joe Miller (Cheap Joe) is a dear friend and we have so much fun together. Before the workshop started Joe and I had a chance to visit. He found me a whole bunch of old trucks and we were off to sketch (be still my heart!) He knows what I love.
What a glorious summer it has been. A season that has helped restore my soul. As many of you know it has been a year of sadness and loss for my family. Now I can feel the joy of my spirit returning...my heart is healing.