Tuesday, May 25, 2010

After the wave

Whew! What a weekend! The seventh Colorado Art Ranch Artposium was, as always, a mind-expanding, network-nurturing, idea-stimulating event. As is also typical, we emerged mentally energized and physically wiped out. Yesterday you would have been hard pressed to distinguish me from pond scum.

Today I've not been moving a whole lot faster, but I've at least evolved into something with enough appendages to pick away at a keyboard.

So, until I get something interesting going again... here's a little adventure from the Saturday breakout sessions.

On Saturday afternoon I took a small group out to one of our local lakes to spend some time creating event maps. An event map isn't a representation of geography so much as it's a record of an experience. One goes on a walkabout with a piece of paper and a pen and records whatever catches one's attention.

(I left this image big and clickable this time, so you can go on my walk with me!)

Despite the wind, which was so intense that the sky was hazy with dust, we had a nice time discovering the myriad ways that water (our Artposium theme) moves through this small area. I think of myself as knowing Sands Lake reasonably well, since it's on my regular walking route, but slowing down even further revealed unexpected delights. (Like a snake at my side near a shady culvert. Brought to my attention by its great-tailed grackle escort.)

I guess that's the point, eh?

I've got a new block ready to receive an image, but so far I'm undecided about what to do next. Going to work a little smaller again, 6 x 9 inches, just because the summer busy season is about to launch!


  1. Wow! I like the event walk idea. I'm going to use it in a variety of places. Especially when I don' t have the time for a sketch or painting.

  2. An event map. What a great name for a great concept. I like the idea of pulling random sketches from one time together like this so thank you.

  3. Hi, Sherrie.

    I find your field sketches of nature fascinating. I do wish I could see this page large enough to see the details and read your notes online.

    I am assuming the snake was not a rattler :)


  4. "Event map" is a term I got from Hannah Hinchman, who uses the idea of recording little bits of information from a period of time to great effect. (If you don't know her work, check out "A Trail Through Leaves," it's a fabulous and beautiful book about field journaling.)

    Lindy... if you click on the image in the post, it should pop up a larger view. Readable, I think. :-)