Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Art Journal Days

Sometimes it's a challenge to sit down and
create a blog post, because of being
busy or because of time away...
but wow....a whole month away!?
Time to catch up.

So it's a photo-heavy post today in order
to catch up with all our 'doins'.

Had a nice visit to the Ohio State Fair,
where I sketched at the same time as
other members of Urban Sketchers Columbus.
I didn't really get a chance to spend any
time with the group, but managed to 
touch base with them before everyone 
headed home.

It was a really hot day, but I enjoyed 
drawing in the barns, hearing the Ohio
State Fair choir and band, and having an 
ear of corn on the cob!

What do you do when you have half a page
filled, and then leave the fair?  You've got 
half a page to fill when you get to the 
next fair!  Below, I was surprised to see
that Fulton County, Ohio had procured a 
piece of The Towers for a 911 Memorial.
It also happened to be a day when the 
American flag was at half mast to honor the 
passing of John McCain.  The flag pole 
made an effective 'divider' from one
fair to the next. 

 Oh, did I mention the Tractor Pull on Friday
 night? Hubby loves those events! 
 Daughter and I left him on his own
 after a couple of hours...just a little more noise
and fumes than we could handle. 

Daughter plays the djembe' with her church
praise band, and they played on Saturday
night.  She sang lead on 4 songs...very 
proud of her!

Fulton County Fair, near Wauseon, Ohio.
I seem to have an attraction to bunnies.

We also happened upon the end of a Llama and
Alpaca show.  They had been leading them 
through an obstacle course.  Very interesting,
and the animals seemed quite agreeable to 
jump low obstacles and even walk through
the flaps of a tent!  "Vanilla Ice" (on the right,
above) was a llama that was a creamy beige color
with long curly hair. He had one white eye and
one black eye.  His eyes had black all around
them like he was wearing eye shadow!  I think
maybe his 'nose' should have been longer in my
drawing, but he did insist on moving around a lot.

Daughter and Son in Law are 4-H advisors, and
 there is always a big push before the fair each 
year to plan and create the Fair Booth. The 4-H 
members set up a booth in the Junior Fair Building
to showcase their projects and activities 
for the year. As I was a 4-H member as a kid,
and so were my children, it brings back lots of
good memories.

The trials of livestock and animal ownership...
something got into the chicken coop at the In Laws
farm and killed a bunch of chickens.  We suspected a
weasel or a mink.  Eight (or was it 6?) dead 
chickens with broken necks, but left uneaten. 
 Apparently, whatever it was just killed for the fun of it.
Ugh. So bury the chickens and try to secure
the coop- which for a weasel means no 
openings bigger than 3/8 inch! SIL was
pretty aggravated. Took them all day to apply
additional screen over the chicken wire.

Labor Day spent with family...

I'm back to doing the Hobonichi Challenge
this month, which is a theme of 
"Experiment, Fail, Repeat,"  featuring 
technology and inventions.  A good way to
reflect on science that has changed our
lives.  My grandparents lived in the era that
saw the invention of cars and airplane travel. 
We are living in the Digital Age, and social
media is very impactful to our lives... 
kind of scary to me to realize there is a generation
of kids that would not know how to use a 
rotary phone or manual typewriter.
I'm showing my age!

How many tea bags did you notice?
In addition to my coffee, I've been enjoying
some Vanilla Chai Tea in the mornings. So
I'm linking up for the T Tuesday blog hop
over at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's. It's 
been a while, but it's always fun to have a
beverage and see what the blogging friends
are up to. Join us!

*There were six tea bags*

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  1. Good morning, wow doesn't seem like a whole month as passed already-but time is going by fast for us too-too fast.
    I love a good county fair and I really miss that-the one near us is pretty sad to be called a county fair-sigh I really enjoy seeing all of your sketches-you are so talented and creative-love it. Happy T

  2. As always, your wonderful drawings and art journaling just blow me away. Fantastic! You have seen and done a lot in these past few weeks, glad you enjoyed your family time and the visits to the state fairs. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  3. as always i enjoyed your sketching so much. this time my favorite is the cow ♥♥♥. and i suppose you can show your washi collection next week as well;) i´m sure you have quite some... happy t-day!

  4. I love your sketching of the bunnies and alpacas. How fun that you were at the state fair. I have never been to one but it sounds fun! Your life sure sounds busy and I love seeing it through illustrations. I am now a follower of your Instagram account.
    Happy Tea Day,

  5. Welcome back! It looks like youve been busy while you were away, your drawings and pages are wonderful as always 😀. Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊 x

  6. A fabulous post and great photos. Your drawings are always wonderful to see, today I really loved the awesome animal sketches.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  7. Oh my gosh- Dianne your pages are just amazing!!! I am in awe of your drawing skills and the wonderful way you incorporate it with your writings.I adore all the illustrations-especially the animals:) Thanks for sharing and happy T day!

  8. As kids in Milwaukee, we went to stay with friends several summers to go to the Slinger County Fair. I'm sure it was much smaller than yours, Dianne, but sounds very similar. I enjoyed the 4-H presentations and wondered why we city folk weren't taught to do such cool things like sew our own clothes and care for animals.

    The llama eye looks so human. I've fallen behind on my planner journal. Next yeaar, I want a proper bound one with the dates already written. That'll save me time for the fun part ;-)

    There were so many pages today that I wasn't counting tea bags - darn. But I really enjoyed seeing more of your drawings. They're fabulous!

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  9. Sorry I'm late visiting. I'm a mess. I was up all night, did TWO loads of laundry I hung on the clothes line, then fell asleep while visiting Lisca.

    I know how much you love washi tape, so I hope you'll share some next week. It's hard jumping back into posting not realizing what a specific challenge is you missed.

    LOVE the drawings of the animals. I especially liked the darling bunnies and Vanilla Ice. So lovely, but the page with the flag at half staff honoring McCain and segueing between the two fairs was my favorite by far.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful drawings, your tea bags, coffee cups, and great narratives with us for T this Tuesday.

  10. You really captured the fun of the fair in your drawings Dianne. And I noticed you also managed to add Tesla to your journal. Your pages are always so much fun to see. I really enjoyed this long post and glad you are back for T. Hope it was a good one. Hugs-Erika

  11. Before I forget. 5 teabags or was that 6? :-D So many wonderful drawings to look at. You were so busy.I loved all the drawings, but my favorite was the little bunny on the bottom of 8/31. Still to warm for Chai tea for me. Happy T Day

  12. I enjoyed every one of your pages. I haven't be to a fair in years. I'm going to make it a point to go next fall. The local ones are over for this year.


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