Driving to Brighton – England

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Whoops, the passenger seat is on the other side!  No, you get in the backseat.You don’t need extra leg room. Daffodils are sprinkled in bunches around trees, near the roadside, by a pond. The Great Walk is so green. Close your eyes mom. We are going around the Round About. Going south. Perfect! We are on the M25 South. Everything is so green!  Sheep are mowing the green grass next to large areas of yellow rape.I love how the fog masks bits and pieces.Trees are silhouetted against the sky – the muted colors of England.

There wasn’t time to hang back and draw. I needed to keep up with the family. My sketchbook has only a few entries for this trip, but I had my cell phone with me. Sitting in the back of the car, leaning over and shooting a picture in front of the passenger on my left, I took a few photographs.

I really liked the row of beach huts for changing along the seaside in Brighton. When I look at these images I think of David Hockney’s wonderful paintings of the English countryside. Then he switched and went to Southern California to paint in oils. The color and stance of the figures seem very American. But, no jeans allowed.

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Jet Lag

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12:07 am – eyes pop open, wide awake

Must be about 5 am.

Wrong

It’s 12:07 am. I lie there

Composing a post for my blog

Then, another and another

What time is it?

Cell phone says 3:14 am

Take a screen shot

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Ha ha it came out all black

In England it is 4,5,6,  – eight hours difference

11 am. Time to get up.

So here I am at the computer composing a post for my blog

Wonder if I can stream Aintree Grand National? 

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/racing/grand-national-2014-what-makes-the-aintree-race-unique-9227683.html

Too early for that

I’m hungry!

Time for breakfast

Shall I go to the Farmers Market today?

 

Street Portrait #1 – Written in the Style of Richard Guest

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Street Portrait (for and of Megan)

Ok , I know it’s not strictly speaking a street portrait, but what the heck. I was sitting across the table from her while we ate dinner. I thought, “Wow, look at that amazing head of hair! The texture and the color of the cedar tree really complimented her face. I took some pictures of my dinner partner. This one is my favorite. Thanks very much Megan. I hope you like your picture. And, Richard, I hope you don’t mind me copying you just this once. I promise not to do it again. To my readers, go over and check out the blog of Richard Guest http://thefutureispapiermache.wordpress.com/ You will see why I wanted to imitate him.

Pros and Cons of Online Collaboration Between Grandmother and Granddaughter

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This one is worth clicking on to see drawing detail

Pros and Cons of Online Collaboration Between Grandmother and Granddaughter

First of all there are demographic variables. The participants are from England and America. The 8-hour time difference causes havoc when it comes to connecting with each other. One is asleep while the other is awake.  Data collection is difficult to achieve. This depends on scheduling of family activities, school functions, business meetings and painting sessions in the studio. Unforeseeable circumstances such as email addresses not working or, well, life intervenes. The reliability of the posted message is important. The blogger needs to post with some sort of regularity otherwise followers will lose interest and move on. (There is a little tongue in cheek here.)

According to our outline Megan was going to begin this section of Carla and Megan’s Blog It’s Sunday night in America. Megan is asleep in England and about to wake up and go to school. It’s time for me to post a blog for Monday morning.

Collaboration between grandmother and granddaughter must be flexible so I’ll start. We are soul mates when it comes to drawing. It’s fun to be together because we are both used to sketching all the time, usually with someone patiently waiting for us to finish so everyone can move on. In New york we just followed our path to wherever it lead, with a little advanced planning. When I was back at home I found my first ‘official’ sketchbook started at the suggestion of an art teacher when I was almost 18. I wonder what she will be creating when she is 18?

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We went to an exhibit about the role of fashion in Impressionist art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Displayed next to some of the paintings were manikins in dresses of the period. Megan whipped this out in about 5 minutes. Here is another one worth clicking on to see the detail of line.

Megan Discovers New York

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Thirteen year old from England captures her impression

of  seeing New York City for the first time.

This series starts right after the posts on China.

Come back and follow the second installment of Carla and Megan’s Blog.

Sketchbooks in hand and one iphone to share,

two soul mates check out the big apple.

The results you will see right here.

As always, click on image for a better look.

Would You Download a Free Artists’ e-Book?

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I had seven days to create a book. Here you followed a work in progress. We were going to see if in a week I had a finished product. for Sketchbook Project 2013.  If not  – zilch. Today is the day I must have it in the mail going to Brooklyn, New York. The book isn’t finished , but I wouldn’t say I have zilch. There are some interesting pairings happening. I have the beginning of an Artists’ Book.  Right now it is  a traditional 7″ x 10″ codex book. But the opportunities for change are endless.  Check out this website about Artists’ Books. http://www.philobiblon.com/isitabook/bookarts/index.html

The book was going to be titled, Chairs, but now I’m thinking the title will be Sit. I’ll probably add some text, maybe just a few adverbs thrown in. The readers will be the ones to interpret the book’s contents. It may be a one-of-a-kind Artists’ Book or a small edition of 30. The structure of the book will probably stay the same. Maybe I’ll make a small edition of Sit just xeroxing the contents, binding it or stapling it together in order to sell  it on Amazon.com for a very reasonable price.

Would you download a free Artists’ eBook?

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