New Year's Eve was cold but sunny, after a good bit of grey, so I took my sketch pad over on my daily walk to Overton Park. I want to do an oil of the scene above, mostly from a watercolor sketch I have, but I needed a little more information about the left hand side trees.
Then the sky was so lovely I just wanted to mark the last day of 2014 by doing a sketch of the magnolias I love at the edge of the Greensward. It's a dear place to me, and marking it with a sketch seemed right.
By then Mr. Darcy and I were quite cold, so we walked.
New Year's day was the third year in a row for a potluck jam with the group of musicians I play with most weeks. (Very informal -- just tunes in someone's back living room.) Playing music in a roomful of people I care about is a wonderful way to start the year. I'm grateful to Mike and Lisa for starting this tradition and welcoming us into their home.
I'm going to continue try to keep sketching more this year. That was the biggest change in my work in 2014, and it was a very enjoyable one. It has also carried over into my printmaking and painting, so I'd like to keep up my momentum.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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