Louise is one of my favorite sketching buddies. I call her mom, though I think she’s younger than I am. This is mostly because I want her to adopt me so I can live in her incredible house.
That house was where all of us went last Tuesday. She invited us out to sketch, chat and eat soup, the later being the best part. On this day, however, it was raining so we were trapped inside one of the most beautiful houses I’ve ever gotten to sketch within. Her husband is a master craftsman and his work exists everywhere in this house. Louise is an artist and so her ‘eye’ is reflected everywhere, with great stuff to sketch everywhere you look.
I found myself standing in front of well-stocked bookshelves, looking at the dozens of artbooks and sketchbooks from others that she has accumulated. I could have spent the entire day there but eventually I decided I should draw something. I made a mistake, choosing this small cabinet as my subject. I didn’t really have time to do it justice as lunch was scheduled and I had to finish by then. Shouldn’t have spent so much time with the art books I guess.
I’m not really pleased with the result but I’m sharing it anyway. You win some and lose some. We broke for lunch and spent the next hour or so eating the best mushroom soup I’ve ever had, cheeses, fruits and veggies. I was so stuffed I wasn’t sure I’d ever move again.. and then she brought a wonderful apple cobbler smothered with pecans. It’s been said that there’s always room for Jello but I learned that one can even make room for apple cobbler.
I waddled around the house the rest of the day, making lots of small sketches of smaller items on various shelves. I have to confess that I’m too lazy to scan all those so you’re stuck looking at one ugly sketch. Sorry.