Most of my working time is going to the book project, but the sun coming out the other day necessitated a break to enjoy that rare event. I'd been wanting to sketch the carpet of dandelions in the meadow at Rasar State Park anyway, so Mr. Darcy and I took a break and headed there. It was windy enough to make painting difficult, but it was lovely to sit in the sunshine a bit.
Don't forget my temporary blog of Mr. Darcy's adventures on this trip at http://www.marthakellyart.com/mr-darcys-odyssey. Start at the bottom for the beginning of our journey. Here's another sample of what's going on over there.
Friday we went to Deception Pass beach. It's the third absolutely stunning Washington State Park I've spent time in lately. It's a rock beach (and I love those) with a gorgeous view. We walked and rock hunted, and I sketched two quick watercolors. I'd love to go back on another nice day. Part of the joy was just sitting in the sunshine after so many rainy and cloudy days.
Jude Dippold took a photo of me sketching that captures the color and pattern of the place, as well as the peace.
I have slightly lost my mind and started a temporary second blog. Most of my work through the end of June will be illustrating the new Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. Since I can't share those images before publication, and since it's a detailed and difficult job, I decided to start a quick, easy sketch project to leaven the more serious work.
I've been wanting to do a book about Mr. Darcy for a couple of years now, but it's a daunting thing to dive into, and I haven't had the time. Instead I've decided just to do small, quick sketches about our sabbatical trip this spring and make a record of the journey through his eyes. The sketches are just 4x5.5", so they won't take too much time away from my book job.
You can follow Mr. Darcy's trip on the separate blog at http://www.marthakellyart.com/mr-darcys-odyssey
As well as Rockport, my early love of a park here in Washington, I've been taking walks at Rasar State Park. It's about 8 miles in the other direction from Rockport, so both are quite easy for daily walks. Rasar has more changeable scenery and is flatter, which lets me do my brisk powerwalking without as much danger of turning an ankle.
The topography goes from wooded trails to river beach to mountain meadow, all of which are lovely. I stopped and sketched along my walk the other day, and I will definitely go back to paint further as the weather allows.
I got a perfect afternoon in the Badlands of South Dakota today. I'm heading across the country to Washington State, and it was a gorgeous afternoon to stop. Plus it was early enough that almost no one was there. I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful afternoon. The place is transporting. It's hard to believe it can exist even as you're standing in the midst of it. To top it all off, and afternoon moon was hanging low over the rocks.
Mr. Darcy has been unsure about this whole traveling thing, but he's decided he likes having his own hotel bed, and he was utterly fascinated by the prarie dogs today. He also just looked good against the backdrop of the Badlands.
I got to spend one lovely night at one of my favorite places on earth recently and catch up with old friends there. It was great to sit and paint the mountains before breakfast with a pot of tea.
My friend Mark Goshorn Jones was shooting a movie short at the Annesdale Snowden mansion in Memphis not long ago and invited me to sketch on site. I submitted a sketch for my sketch feature in the Daily News, but I stayed a while and had a good time doing several sketches. Here is the full set. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the cameras and working action with the grand old house.
I've had rotating house guests lately, plus my sister has been in town, mostly for our annual dance weekend (which explains my recent silence here). I managed a hat trick of teas/chai out being festive with people and sketched all three. It's nice to have happy memories in my journal.
WKNO fm, Memphis's local npr station, hosts a daily arts interview show called Checking on the Arts. They are kind enough to host me to talk about my shows even when I'm not exhibiting in their lobby, but they certainly saved me space on the calendar for this show, "Autobiography," and Kacky Walton interviewed me last week. She and Darel Snodgrass both do serious homework for these interviews, look at work, read websites, and come in prepared to have a great discussion, which is a huge boon for those of us not professional at being on the air. I had a great time with Kacky, and I appreciated her kindness talking about this much more personal than usual work I've been doing lately. Here is the interview with some back story about the exhibition in case you'd like to listen.
It took me all day Wednesday to get the show on the walls the way I wanted it (and to tape the radio interview about it, which I'll post in a day or two), and it took another two days to recover. But I'm really pleased with the result. The space is lovely -- high and clean with tons of natural daylight. It's a lovely space to have art. And it gave me a natural flow for the show, which has a bit of narrative element built in.
The show is open to the public at WKNO during business hours, and there will be a closing reception on Friday, March 31st, 6-8pm.
I'm off to dance and celebrate this weekend, but here are a couple more pieces that are in the show, as a preview.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.