Monday, June 1, 2009

Green Festival

On a sunny Sunday I went to Lake Baldwin to sketch the Green Festival. I assumed I was looking for a lakes side park so I drove around the neighborhood for a bit before I finally rolled down a window to ask for directions. An old woman walking her dog pointed me in the right direction. The street was blocked off and two blocks were cluttered with tents. I was thirsty so I immediately got an organic iced lemonade. Kristen Manieri wanted to get some photos of me at work and we were to meet here. I walked on the shady side of the street looking for a spot to sketch. I settled on Joe's Oat Patties stand because of the intermittent lines that would form offering me a chance to sketch people waiting in the foreground. The sun moved and within minutes I was no longer in the shade. I had stood in the shade of a palm tree and those never offer much cover. I dug through my bag for sunscreen but I had left it at home. My arms and neck got quite a burn.
Kristen walked right past me once then called me on her cell. She explained where she was and I could see her on her cell in the distance from where I was sketching. I steered her toward me until she saw me on my cell. She introduced me to her husband, Marc and baby, Elizabeth. Then she started taking shots while I continued to work. After perhaps a dozen shots she was done. Afterwords she and her family went to the lake side to have a picnic lunch. They had bought a picnic basket and blanket. I like the way she manages to mix work and pleasure.

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