Memphis urban sketchers met at the VECA art walk today, and it was my first time back in person since the whole pandemic began (since I left town soon after my vaccination and was gone all summer). It was beyond good to sit at a table under huge oak trees and catch up with good friends. I love getting together with people to make art, and we've got a lovely group of folks. It took me an extra nudge to get out of the house today after a long week, but I was so glad I did. It's been very easy to just stay home the last couple of years. Perhaps not easy, but it was easy to lose steam for going out when the world seemed scary. It still is a good bit, but I'm finding it important to choose the safer things and not get frozen at home. Outdoors, masked, and a bit spaced out was perfect, and it was so good to see both the art group and a handful of dear neighbors.
It had been a long week, and I had slept badly, so in spite of having packed a full complement of sketching things, I stuck with the walnut ink and dip pen that I've been enjoying this Inktober. My sketchbook lately looks deeply unlike my normal full-on watercolor spreads, but it's good to mix things up, and I'm greatly enjoying playing with line.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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