Last Friday the library where I work was closed so I took myself on a creative day out. I jumped on the Metro Link and headed to my favorite magazine shop to start my day. I picked out a couple of mags and went on my way. Along with my magazines I also had the little sketchbook which I literally made right before I left along with a few pens and a water pen filled with ink (one of my favorite things to use).
Back to the train and off to Forest Park and the St Louis Art Museum not forgetting to stop off and get a rosemary brown sugar latte (so good!) to walk across the park with.
The sun was shining and the trees were in their fall colours as I walked across the park to the art museum.
Once at the museum I made sure I kept my eyes and ears open. You never know what you might hear in the galleries! I made notes in my book and little sketches as I went.
As I walked to the museum I gathered some yellow gingko leaves with a view to sketching them when I got to a bench to sit on. Also I noticed a couple of signs with bicycles on so I snapped them with my phone also to sketch when I got to sit.
Making little plans like this as I went really helped me capture the day in my sketchbook with words or sketches or taped in leaves! More often than not, I will take a sketchbook out and be so self conscious I would do nothing in it. This time I was determined and I to achieve this I made it easy to do for myself. Which is why I gathered the leaves rather than drawing them on the spot and why I took photos of the signs instead of standing in front of them sketching and feeling silly and consequently rushing to be done rather than really looking.
I made no masterpieces but I did start a new sketchbook and got some ideas and some conversation tidbits to use at some point.
Even the title of a piece of art caught my attention – ‘In Praise of Flower Hunting’ – the title of a Japanese block print. What a fabulous idea! I want to make my own something inspired by these words.
While I sat in a dark room watching a photo exhibit I over heard some people outside as they walked by and one of them asked his friend ‘Did you fart?’ which was a moment of hilarity for me because I have the sense of humor of a toddler!!! Did I write that in my book? Of course I did!
These shadows demanded that I sit and paint them, so I did. The window was off a gallery with some quiet seating, so I could get my book and ink filled brush out and make a quick sketch without interruptions from my self confidence.
These illustrations made my heart leap they are so beautiful, I wanted to look at the whole book!
This piece is full of print and collage on beautiful, it inspired me to find some gorgeous paper and make some art!
A lovely day out, I grabbed some Vietnamese noodles for a late lunch and headed home for when my kids arrived from school.
What is your ideal day? Do you take yourself out on field trips when you can? I certainly want to try and do this more.
Happy Friday x