As is our custom, Celeste, Carrie, and I have sketching session once a week. (These can be seen at www.behindthescenes-ppasp.blogspot.com as well as some other great work from the Portland Plein Air and Studio Painters.) My recent birthday was a special occasion and we had a lunch and then did the sketching. For me, it was really "over the top" because I also got birthday gifts. Now, anyone who knows Celeste knows that she has a tendency to go "all out." This is my sketch of the birthday gifts from Celeste---a box of special birthday chocolates by Dove that had a special message inside each one, a gift card to use when I am out enjoying art museums in Washington DC and want to have a nice lunch, and a mood bracelet. Very treasured gifts. We ate all the chocolates, the gift card is yet to be used, and I wear the mood bracelet every day. Usually, it is blue, which means happy, and I usually am. It is fun and also a reminder to check my attitude....then, an even more important message---Don't take this whole thing too seriously!
Today would have been a sketching day and I missed it!! I did have a good day with my granddaughter Sophia, though, and we always have some art projects going on. Further, a little on-line research revealed "DC Sketchers" (a Saturday morning group) and I plan to join in on Saturday.
Thanks, Celeste, for the special treasures, and the warm and wondereful memories!!! You are a trusted friend and a great artist as well!
Birthday gratefulness continues.....