Sunday, September 26, 2021
Monday, September 20, 2021
These two little rough sketches were done during an outdoor concert here this late summer at University Oaks. We had several of these great little musical events over the summer. Super lovely weather.
A lovely mid September Saturday the Madison Urban Sketchers spent an afternoon at the Madison Zoo. Gorgeous weather again! Almost too warm! 8 of us gathered to wander around and sketch a few things.
On September 18 my daughter, Julie, rode her bike down from her house and joined me in the woods to sketch the flowers and listen to the birds and just have a delightful couple of hours. Who doesn't love the prairie flowers in one more open section of the woods...beebalm, Joe Pye weed and Chinese lantern. The leaves are just at the edge of turning here in Madison now. We saw 16 ducks, 2 wrens, a murder of crows, and 3 turkeys too!
I can't remember if I've posted this sketch in Julie's garden. Her sunflowers are 10' tall at least now.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
In other news...I've been doing a little prep for a class I am actually not teaching until next spring. But Julie and I are doing this advanced Zentangle class together and we had to write up the description of the class for the promotional materials. So I had to at least try out a few of our ideas to get the "feel" for what we want to do. Frames, Dingbats, and Cartouches will be the subject matter. The classes will be on Zoom and sponsored by Olbrich Gardens in Madison. But of course offered to anyone, anywhere. They run $15 a session and there will be a beginner class on Sunday April 3 (1-3) and advanced class on Sunday May 1, 1-3. You might want to pencil them into your calendar. I'll let you know later when registration opens.
Here's a Cartouche of an interesting button.
We are headed south back to Madison on Friday morning. Lots of fun things to do there, of course. I'll be prepping to teach a beginner Zentangle class at Oakwood on September 15.
We'll be back up one more time to close the cabin the first weekend in October. The snow could be flying by then up here.
As the title of this blog post suggests: now the end of something but always that leads to the beginning of something else. It's a spiral. Fall in Wisconsin is quite amazingly beautiful...and something we have missed being in Florida. I look forward to the colors, the apple picking and the cider...the chili and the football games.
I feel an odd sense of bewilderment as the holidays ahead show up on the calendar. Will we be safe enough to celebrate together this year? Will we all have a booster this fall? The news each night is full of seriously sad and difficult happenings. Our in-person church services have been cancelled again until Nov 1. Everyone is battling the fatigue of being harangued by worry, angst, fear, and sadness for so long. Art has been a real steadfast friend for all of us who love to create...it has given us needed reprieves. Hang on, everyone. We can do it.