First sketch in nearly a week, already slacking! Had a great trip to San Antonio where we visited the McNay Art Museum. What a wonderful place and I so wish the Blanton had been as as visionary as this building. It helps that it still has the original building in place with its Spanish Colonial-Revival architecture but the new part of the museum has been well designed and complements the older part. I will definitely be making another trip as I only saw the inside as the weather was typical Texas summer heat, 100f +
Since returning from San Antonio, I basically got caught up in arranging for my Mother to be move from France to England. It really didn’t take up all my time and it is a very poor excuse for wasting my time. Anyway, today, the move actually happened and I decided it was time to get back on course. During that time though, I did update my supplies, not that I really needed to that but when you are sinking, you tend to fall on to your comforts. For me that is TV and shopping for art supplies I really don’t need. As I mentioned I am a big fan of Heather’s 805 blog and she posted a picture of her mobile work station. I thought it was such a good idea I decided to copy her. Here is my mobile art studio (not quite complete as I haven’t actually put any paints or pencils into the trolley). I don’t actually plan to use the trolley until I start going to the plein air meetings but with all the stuff you need for that, the trolley will be ideal. The stool will be perfect for sketching (I hope).
I took the stool with me this morning but I didn’t actually use it as the Memorial has no less than 3 benches in front of it. unfortunately none of them are under any shade so although it was mainly overcast this morning, it still got very hot when the sun was out.
“sketch #6 8/12/2015 – 9.36 am. Slightly overcast 86f feels like 94f (30c feels like 33c) A few days break due to life – mum returning to England today. No shade where I am sitting so only a quick sketch possible with the heat! Managed to last longer than 30 mins despite the sweat dripping down my face! Started too far to the left.10.17 am. 31c feels like 34c 88f feels like 94f Memorial to Pflugerville Fallen Warriors”
I think I will be going back to this a few times as its such a feature of the park. At the moment the park is quite busy as summer camp is still on but I suspect this is the last week as school starts on 25th August.
Supposedly the weather is going to change next week. I hope so as the heat is oppressive at the moment.