Thursday, September 18, 2008

Artist Karlene McConnell

Continuing the celebration of Florida artists this week on NativeMom, I attended the first of a six-week drawing class this week taught by Florida artist Karlene McConnell. I can't remember the last time I signed up for a class or workshop or group activity purely for fun. I guess it's proof that there is life after kids!

This was an adult class of 10 people. A few retired gentlemen whose wives had suggested they get out of the house. A local veterinarian who had always wanted to learn to draw. A couple of retired ladies who dabbled in painting and other forms of art and were looking to improve their skills. And then a few people like me who had an interest in art and liked the idea of taking a class with other like adults.

Karlene is a very patient teacher. She suggested that each of us get a sketch book and carry it with us everywhere for the next 6 weeks so that we can sketch anytime we have a moment or opportunity. I've done this for years with a notebook and writing. I jot down ideas that come to me or journal about something on my mind. It's a great way to get the creative juices flowing.

I happen to be friends with Karlene as her daughter and my stepdaughter are friends. A couple of years ago, she gifted my stepdaughter with an original portrait she'd done of my stepdaughter playing soccer. It was simply the most incredible gift a young girl could ever get.

1 comment:

Floridacracker said...

Those are beautiful scenes close to my heart.