Going through photos from 2011 as part of my “get better organized” New Year’s resolution yielded a nice shot of wild iris at Finley Wildlife Refuge from last May. It’s been so bleak and soggy here since we got home that I felt like a bit of Flower Therapy was in order for the sketch book, so I spent a couple of glorious hours Sunday afternoon daydreaming about May… I put into action a suggestion from a wonderful book about sketching that I’m reading (The Art of Travel with a Sketchbook by Mari Le Glatin Keis) – start with a watercolor wash on the page. So simple, but so effective, and as I read I was delighted to recognize the names of several contributing Corvallis artists I know: Gale Everett and George Norek. I wish I had read the book before I traveled, but then again, it felt like I had enough going on without more ideas to overwhelm me!
After enjoying the book so much, I was left with a sense of real loss when I googled her name and discovered that she died about this time last year from breast cancer. She was about my age. I wish I had known her. The book seems like such a gift for those of us who couldn’t go with her on her sketching journeys. And it is inspiration to keep looking and seeing and sketching – and daydreaming on paper.