I'm continuing to carry my small book plus a black Sailor fude pen on my morning power/dog walk in the forest. Not my whole big kit, but I did pull out an ugly but functional (and not as hot as a day pack) butt pack I won years ago in a kayak race (LOTS of people won them -- I wasn't particularly high in the standings). It's handy for this, though I may have to use it for water for Mr. Darcy instead as the summer goes along. The water fountains are shut off because of Covid, and I wouldn't feel good about even him using one right now anyway. For now, though, I've got my book out with me daily. It was great today because Mr. Darcy spotted another turtle for me. They're pretty laid back, and this one let me draw him as well.
As I've been working towards my WAMA show as well, I've realized that Overton Park is my Horn Island. Much easier to reach than Anderson's main landscape muse, which works for me as a city girl, but it functions the same for inspiration. I'm there daily when I'm not traveling, and I have painted and sketched there for many years now, as well as basing a ton of prints and larger paintings off the work I do actually in the forest or around the park. I'm so grateful to have this consistent source of inspiration so close to me. It's always meant so much, and this year it means even more.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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