Month: December 2017

Drawing People at Holiday Time

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I had the opportunity last week to go to the Mall of America. Between visiting with friends and going to stores, I found a quiet time to sketch while my daughter looked around. The first sketch was of a cleaning cart outside Bath and Body Works. Not very exciting, but I liked all the items on the cart and its bright color. I sketched it very quickly and noticed a guy on his cell phone in the store. He stood about 10 seconds looking at his phone before he changed position and left. Enough time for a sketch! The picture of the 3 moms was in Nickelodian Universe. Diego’s Rescue Rider, which looked just like a school bus. These moms had kids strapped to their chests. And finally, a sketch at Kowalski’s, where I loved the fireplace and happened to capture a blond-haired woman in a bright blue coat sitting with a woman in a red coat. I had a few minutes before they left. My attention was drawn to a man seated a couple tables away. He was in a dark sweatshirt, slurping down some soup. While he ate, I sketched furiously. He cleaned up and went away. Sketching people is always challenging, since they move a lot. But it’s a lot of fun too!


Meatballs at ASI

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Last week I went to the American Swedish Institute to drop off a pastel for the Lake Country Pastel Society Show. While there, I sampled the meatballs, which were served minus the gravy on a bed of pureed potatoes with cucumber sauce and lingonberries. I am not Swedish, but found this dish to be out of this world! The flavorings were paired so well together! And a cup of hot Chai tea was the icing on the cake.

After lunch, I drew this sketch of the cafe where I sat and the tall windows that looked out onto the Turnblad Mansion. I have toured the mansion before and it is amazing. I liked the windows, turrets, and architecture, and made sure to sketch the ladies a table away too. Outside in the courtyard, children explored Christmas displays and ran around in the cold. After the sketch was complete, I poked around the gift shop and gift gallery. It was a fun time to see something different—the ASI at Christmas!