I had breakfast this morning with my dear friend, Alane Simons (IG @alaneatx). We met some years ago at a fundraiser when I heard that the couple across the huge table was also from Texas (as am I), and I had to go and say hello. We chatted, she talked about how her mother had been an artist who inspired her, I shared my magical mini moo cards, and she said she’d call me. Who ever follows up on that promise? I’ll tell you who: ALANE!!!
We had a great breakfast and I was reminded of what a joyful person she is. She did, however, tell me that when they moved from Seattle last year, she shipped some 30 sketchbooks that have never arrived… years of work are lost!!! I can’t imagine losing even one sketchbook, I am so attached to those sketches as they are a record of so many experiences. Like she said this morning, it’s not like it’s just a drawing of a table, it’s a drawing that captures the place, time, the air, the sounds and smells, the friends you are with, and so much more. This is the power of sketching, of putting an experience to paper in sketch.
So how about this: let’s all visualize Alane’s box of sketchbooks arriving safely to her and who knows, maybe it will happen???!!!!!
This Saturday, November 23, I will be sharing my mini moo cards, sketchbooks and a huge stack of original watercolors, along with a presentation and book signing for the new book. I hope if you are in the area, you can join us at the Daniel Smith store at 11am. I will talk about how much sketching means to me, how grateful I am to this sketching community, and as my husband says, my tribe. And if my house catches on fire, I will grab my grandmother’s pearls and my SKETCHBOOKS!
What does sketching mean to you????