I've been having a bit of a spring break. After my birthday weekend in Cincinnati, I spent much of the week doing spring cleaning ahead of five house guests and the annual late night swing party I give in conjunction with the Memphis contra dance festival.
It was such fun to have a house full of both old and new friends, as well as having both sisters and other great folks in town for the weekend.
Now I'm back in Cincinnati for their annual dance weekend, one I try always to go to. There are always lots of old friends here, since I went to college nearby.
I got in town a night early and went out to hear some music last night. Ricky Nye, a great jazz and boogie woogie piano player, was joined by a lovely vocalist and a trumpet player at Arnold's downtown, just across the street from Ohio Books, my happy place. We were there for the full two hours, just having a laid back time and listening to the music. I love sketching musicians and had fun doing this one drawing during the course of the evening.
Next up, dancing all weekend!
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.