We went to State Street in Madison to visit the mobile Sketchbook Project Exhibit. This is a project that has people, artists and non artists alike make and submit sketchbooks. They take the books submitted each year on a road trip. One can check out a book and get a second random book to view . They are all filed with a searchable data base. It was quite fun. I had searched for quilts, so the attendant added to my selection a book made out of cloth. At the front of the book was this quote in Latin:
This phrase fits the idea of Two Books, that Nature has a kind of design. You can see that design as the result of natural selection, you can dispute if there is any design, or you can see that behind the design is an artist.
I’d like to explore sketchbook making and keeping as a future Two Book Retreats course. Stay Tuned.
Our last class was also the first day of Dave’s vacation. So here finally are some pictures from that day.
Our view from the Yahara River at Lake Monona
Dave’s work started
Dave’s work at midway
Nancy at work
Nancy’s travelling kit
We observed that nature and humanity are very much in a partnership along the parkway. It is hard to say which predominates. If we quit mowing and trimming, Nature would predominate along the Yahara River parkway. Yet the very existence of a river instead of a wetland shows human engineering and care. The river as we see it between the lakes came about from dredging and a locks placed in 1905.
The scene I chose to paint illustrates this.
cultivated natural area
It was an interesting day to consider this question. The Sun was out and the temperature was perfect.
Week 4 – “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day’ and the darkness he called ‘night’.” Genesis 1:3
What does the light reveal and what does it conceal? How does the constant change in light effect mood, colors and contrast?
Mickeys from across the bridge
from someone’s fishing spot
a friend of ducks
canoe landing is also good for painting
work on a railroad bridge
Do to threatening eater, we met at the Tenney Park Pavilion and worked with the Iron Bridge there. Next week we will try the Locks. Painting outside is always an adventure.
We took a moment to consider all the life forms around us at that location. If we knew more names of plants and trees we would have a long list indeed, but out included a number of birds, people doing a variety of things, and one muskrat.
Here are some pictures of our work on the bridge. All of our “sketches” are incomplete at this point.
we got to vote
applying a green wash
Dave’s incomplete watercolor
- Admit it, you could use time to enjoy the out of doors.
- We have a rain plan.
- Mention this class at Lynn‘s of Madison and she will give you a discount on supplies (5928 Odana Rd, Madison, WI 53719)
- Nancy Macgregor is a gifted artist and instructor.
- You don’t need to know anything about painting to join the class.
- You will learn something about observing and keeping a journal.
- Every day it is different along the Yahara.
- There is wildlife to observe there.
- Meet some nice people.
- Bridges are interesting to paint.
contact Dave Carlson at email@example.com to inquire or register. See poster and registration here.
I was able to attend a Sabbath Rest in the Smoky Mountains – far away from work and electronic media. It was just what the doctor ordered, mentally and spiritually. I spent some time trying to capture the misty mountains and hills. I asked a regular visitor if they ever had a clear day, and he said that this was clear. The word “sabbath” comes from a Hebrew word which means to cease. Cease from your usual work and activity and spend some time with the creator. This is one of the goals for Two Book Retreats, to combine art, nature and scriptural reflection.
best view of the mountains and hills
an old silo and shed
where I stopped for lunch
sunrise over a cabin