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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Book Reviews and This Weeks Drawing Adventures

Kate Robertson
On Good Reads Kate Robertson, from the Queen of Creativity Blog, said this about my book, "ONE FISH TACO AND HALF AN ORDER OF GUACAMOLE. A YEAR OF DRAWING OVER LUNCH AT TACOS JALISCO" this week:
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I loved Lynn's book. It is full of wonderful drawings and a story to match. I loved meeting all the customers from Jalisco's and how Lynn depicted them. I loved the owners and the "Couple" and the purple haired lady. She is very encouraging to other would be drawers too. A delightful book. It make me want to try drawing people in my own sketchbook.
THANK YOU KATE!
Seth Apter of The Altered Page said:


One Fish Taco and Half an Order of Guacamole: Lynn Cohen from Getting my Feet Wet has just released a book that highlights her experience of one year of drawing in public over lunch at the restaurant Tacos Jalisco.




Filled cover to cover with her sketches and accompanying thoughts, this book is a gem. The drawings are filled with life and a bit of whimsy too. Any artist who has ever dealt with the self consciousness that comes with drawing in public will doubly appreciate this book.
THANK YOU SETH!!!
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My Week From My Art Journal


On Sunday I walked up the street to the park. I thought I'd try my hand at drawing kids at play knowing full well that none of them would sit still long enough for me to capture them well. Like the one that slid through the tube down the slide, hit bottom and got up running! Therefore, empty tube!
But the one swinging was fairly captive!

A little four year old boy came round the bench I was sitting on and watched me draw this. He looked at the drawing then up at me, then back to the drawing and up at me. He didn't say a word, but I felt very complimented by his little looks.

The boy stood balancing on the teeter totter for about a minute and a half, and the girl stood on the rock for about as long or less; the grandma and girl on the swings swung longer! I was going to tell you I drew for once with out the aid of food; however, there was a girl and her mom who were generously giving out Girl Scout cookies and I accepted one! Nummy!
That same young girl told me she thought my drawing was "quite beautiful". Sweet to get compliments from children about my drawings.

And then on Tuesday I was back at Tacos Jalisco, where I drew these two gals sitting in front of the window from across the room.
Carlos was working and he joined me for lunch with his shrimp soup (cold) and some drawing paper. We caught up on our lives together. It had been a while.
Always sweet.
Happy Paint Party Friday (tomorrow)!
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60 comments:

  1. really great reviews! you can use them as blurbs on the back of your next book!!!!

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  2. That's a great job on drawing the tube slide. wow. Fun to see all the things you live around. Nice book reviews too. HPPF!!

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  3. I am glad you posted these, the more exposure the more people will se your wonderful book. You inspire me.

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  4. Love that you drew in the park and then end the post with our favourite Jaliscos! Tell Carlos and family we look forward to your visits :)

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    1. I will relay your message to the jaliscos peeps/ amigo!

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    2. You draw these scenes so well! Your art is so full of life! How wonderful to have such great reviews!

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  5. I agree with Kate one hundred percent...loved the book!!! In fact I shared how inspiring your book was with my goddess girls just last night!! Explaining how thrilling it is to watch you evolve as an artist! Reading your wise advice at the end of the book was a bonus!! I love these pages too...the expression of the woman in green is priceless!! The playground is so well done!

    Hugs Giggles

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  6. Thank you so much I can't tell you how much I appreciate your comments! Thank YOU for sharing my book with other goddesses!
    And for liking my art style!!! Big hugs Giggles!
    Sent from my iPad

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  7. Another wonderful week of sketches! Nice work Lynn.

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  8. These are the great works of a great artist. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  9. How wonderful that you have published a book of your work and share your creative year with the world :) HPPF

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  10. Oh, I love the playground drawings. Happy PPF! (Still thinking about those yoummy bowl of apples! :))

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  11. Seth is a star. And I love everything about your post/s, every one of them.

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    1. Yes, he is, and so are you!!! Thanks! You both deserve thanks or being on the back of my book cover!! Still so appreciative for that dear Soul!

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  12. Beautiful sketches - one of my favorite things to do 'at lunch' is grab a napkin, black marker and blind contour sketch the people around me. I leave the sketches behind - random art abandonment . Happy ppf !

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    1. What a fun idea! Except I have a hard time parting with mine!

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  13. beautiful drawings but that one with the two ladies just cracked me up. You PERFECTLY captured them! I feel like I know exactly what they were talking about. Happy PPF!

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    1. Funny! Thanks for listening in, Jessica !

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  14. Love your playground work. Great reviews too. I agree with everyone, your drawing are always awesome. Thanks for all the fun.

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  15. More great pages! Love the playground scenes.

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  16. It's always a delight to visit here. :)

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  17. Great new drawings, love the playground ones! Congratulations on the continuing good reviews, so exciting! :)

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  18. What lovely and well deserved reviews!! I think I see another in your future- a year of sketching in the park :) Happy PPF!

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    1. There definitely will be a second book...

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  19. I just love your posts Lynn - I feel like I am sitting and chatting with you. I often try to draw children at the beach (not today - it's raining and not so warm) knowing that I have to be quick. I was more fearful of sketching in public but I am going to be bold and do more of that this year. Lovely paintings. HPPF

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    1. Oh yes do more, it does become easier over time. I write about that in my book! ;-)

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  20. Am so thrilled for you with all these great reviews, you must be so pleased. You inspired me to take my sketchbook to the hospital the other week and sketch some people in the cafe..........oooh it was so hard...why don't they keep still.....lol
    Loving your latest drawings and thank you for sharing these fab people. Happy PPF, Annette xx

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    1. Netty the trick is catch them when they just sit down to order, and then remember that people repeat positions. So if they change one it's likely they will return to it if you wait long enough!

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  21. congrats on the great reviews and loved your drawings this week... know I have said it before but it is a joy to watch your work change and grow... makes my week to visit...xx

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    1. Tracey you make my day with your wonderful words! Thank you!

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  22. I love the playground paintings. The remarks of the child and the tacit approval of the boy were great. You really are able to capture the emotions as well as the physical appearances.

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    1. I'm glad you see that Faye ! I'm so glad it seems to happen!

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  23. Those are excellent reviews, Lynn! You are blessed to have been published. As to your paintings, my favorite this week is the playground scene with the father watching in the background.

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  24. cool paintings this week! I bet the little boy is the next generation artist!

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  25. Oh Lynn, that is so great to get all those wonderful reactions to your book! Congratulations! I love your playground paintings too. Another book in the making ... ?

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  26. Congrats for publishing!!!! Love your sketches and drawings!

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  27. Well done you on your fab reviews....

    Great sketches again... you probably inspired those children to sketch!

    Thanks for visiting :)

    Karen x

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  28. Whoa, kids are definitely a challenge. You certainly handled that well. Blessings, Janet PPF

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Thanks for leaving your comments as I love hearing from you. Your words of encouragement are why I continue to draw!