So I left my studio and there were people… at the Dicken’s Festival. It was like being in a little village. There was the lady from New York who designed jewelry and was now working free lance making and designing her own jewelry. There was the man selling sauna’s who use to be in a Christian Quartet who had the gift for conversation. There was the couple from Florida who had a vegetable cart with all sorts of stuffed vegetables. They looked like they were out of Bob Crachit’s England. The lady of the cart had an aversion to being photographed. I grabbed my sketch book and started sketching her discretely. I told her the sketch turned out cute. She was a bit apprehensive. When she saw the sketch she smiled and said, “Alright it’s cute.”
She came over later with a photo of her grandchild on her ipad. Her granddaughter did not have an aversion to the camera. The lady of the cart asked if I would do a sketch of her granddaughter. The man of the cart had shown me a picture of the grandchild earlier and I was happy to sketch her. I took the finished sketch over to the lady of the cart and she was very pleased. She came back over to my booth and bought one of the “Emma Jo’s Song” a picture book written by Faye Gibbons and with my illustrations. She had me autograph it to and for her grand daughter. It’s good to leave the studio and discover people.
If you missed seeing my latest watercolor on canvas at the Dicken’s Festival, it will be hanging at the Local Colors Gallery. The gallery show opening will be this Friday, January 18, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The gallery is celebrating its first year at this location in Sugar House. Come help us celebrate.