I realized that I only have one out east scene done so far for next year's calendar, so I drove a little further from my normal midtown haunts on Saturday and painted the Clark Tower. It's such an icon of that middling east neighborhood I grew up in.
I also have increasingly loved sketching musicians the last couple of years. And Memphis local music is so critical to why I love living in Memphis that it occurs to me that I should include Memphis music in this year's calendar as well. So I put together this composite of some of my recent sketches.
I've also been packing this week. I'm flying out this week to Amsterdam today to go paint there. And sit in museums. I had a lot of deadlines to hit before I left, so it will be lovely to just settle in somewhere and only have to paint and explore for a bit.
Here are my paint sets being refilled for the trip. Next post will be from Amsterdam!
liturgical work has been in black and white to honor the budget constraints of the churches I work with. When I began, pen and ink was more comfortable for me anyway, but I've really been enjoying watercolor the last couple of years, so I'm excited to get to branch out a bit for MTS. Here is my Genesis painting for the first week of chapel. I'm looking forward to doing a series.
The Memphis Urban Sketchers met in the Peabody Hotel on Saturday. I had the realization driving down that calendar time is coming rapidly for me, at least given my upcoming travels, and I don't have enough new Memphis pieces to really flesh out a new calendar. So I found a table and chair in the mezzanine, overlooking the main lobby, and did a bit more detailed and finished watercolor than I've been tending to do in my normal art journal lately. It was fun, but I bit off a good bit with this one. It's a kind of overwhelming place. But it's good to challenge myself sometimes.
My lovely friends at the woodworking school Country Workshops invited me to come and stay with them for a few days. I'm in a busy patch of life, but they are dear people, and it was lovely to get away for a little bit and see my sister on the way as well as my friends who live there and around there.
I also ran into Asheville for a little recreational bookstore time.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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