Just spent two lovely days with my Bay Area friend (sculptor and woodcarver!) checking out Balboa Park and Liberty Station. Went to the S.D. Mingei Museum for India Adorned and California Modern exhibits. Looking forward to the July 25th offering: Sonabai: Another Way of Seeing. Sonabai Rajawar, a self-taught artist "lived in enforced isolation for 15 years in a remote village in central India, creating her own joyous sculptural environment". For lovers of folk art it's not to be missed.
After seeing the July Watercolor Society's show juried by Linda Doll, and the Visions Art Quilt Gallery full of awesome quilts, as usual, presenting "Seeing Green", Visions of a Changing Planet, we ran into Rachel Grant who lured us across the street where she and Kenneth Greene (both grads of Jane La Fazio's Paper and Cloth classes) have just opened their studio. They're excited to be in Suite 209 at 2690 Historic Decatur Rd. Visit them in their classy new atelier!
And about this sketch - the first one in my new sketchbook devoted to "small, colorful things." It's the gorgeous bonsai tree on a table upstairs in the Mingei. Now does that look small or colorful to you? It grew off the page like it wanted to be in Muir Woods or adopted by sequoias. And there's not a dab of color on it except for gray bark and green leaves. I wonder if there's an opening in Jane's upcoming Encinitas sketch journaling class ?