While we were in Portland a week or so ago now, we went to the Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon. The shoe maker came round to see what I was doing, said he knew I was drawing him, and when I asked if he'd sign the picture he did! Fun personalization!
I walked out to the tulip fields with my little fold up stool and sat and drew this old tractor in the midst of all the beautiful, colorful flowers. It felt magical to be there.
Later, back at the entrance where there is a gift shop and places for people to sit and chat I drew the folks I saw there. You know, my favorite thing to do!
Everyone seemed quite settled, except the girl in white, who I had to draw hoping out of her chair.
We tried to go to Crater Lake afterwards, one of our most favorite wonders of the world to visit, but unfortunately the gate we came to was closed and then it got too late to go to the other entrance ... so next time! I did a selfie in the car instead.
We spent the night in Yreka, CA. We ate at another beer brewery. Funny, as neither of us drink beer, but the burgers and veggie burger are okay there. I drew the people around us. Our waiter saw me doing it and came by to chat about it. He told me his mom did this too. But she was shy about drawing people in public. So I of course told him about Sketchbook Skool and my book about when I challenged myself to draw in public. He took it all down to give it to his mom. I asked him to sign the page in my art journal. His name was Israel.
I wonder if he'll see this.
On the Monday we got back we had an appointment to see the Tax Agent to have our taxes done.
We stopped at Barnes & Noble first so Fred could get coffee and I could draw.
This guy sat down with a stack of cook books! I hope he went home to make something good. Dinosaur stew maybe?
She got up just as I got started! It happens. He was very pensive. Maybe he was getting his taxes done today too!
These folks could have been doing their own taxes on their lap tops sitting across from each other on opposite ends of the tall seats outside the area where we were sitting. I had paper left over so filled it with signs over the book shelves there.
What was really fun and funny about getting our taxes done this year was that I was able to draw our tax agent, Sherri, without her knowing was doing it (art journal on my lap behind her big desk, and later paints on the desk but out of her line of vision as she was SO FOCUSED on what she was doing at her computer and desk with papers.Afterwards, I asked her to sign it.
She wanted to rip it out of my art journal.
But I sent her a copy instead!
One just NOT rip drawings OUT of an Art Journal! It's not done!
You know life is back to normal when I start drawing at Tacos Jalisco again!
April 1 was our 30th Wedding Anniversary. I gave it its own blog post ( two right before this one) scroll down to see it if you missed it) ... but our friends, Jutta Wenz and Heidi Likar, who we met through Sketchbook Skool, then in their home in Austria when we were there last September, sent us this wonderful portrait of our younger selves. Jutta drew and painted it. I think it deserves to be seen here! Thank you again Jutta and Heidi for your gifts, friendship and well wishes! They and you are so appreciated.
And the week continued with me eating and drawing at Tacos Jalisco ...
I drew so much more, but this post is getting really heavy with drawings. I will save the rest for next week, when we had Passover with family. More Starbucks draw outs, and more. Wait and see. You have to come back then.
In the meantime enjoy others art via the icons on my sidebar for Paint, Party Friday and Sunday Sketchers.
Join us drawing at Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens, where we are drawing landscapes this week.
Have a wonderfully creative week! Be well and Be Happy! Thanks for stopping by.