Above: My favorite sketch from the Fair this year, a pigeon of course—Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy Pen and Montana Marker in a 7.5 x 9.5 inch soft bound Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal. Click on the iamge to view an enlargement.
Today I'm posting a video flip through of my 2014 Minnesota State Fair Journal.(See the end of this post.) The flip through contains all the pages in my Fair journal, as well as four page spreads from an auxiliary journal (the first was filled) and two loose sheet sketches I made (they were actually in a wirebound book but I always knew I'd be tearing them out for framing). I had a busy and productive four-trip visit.
I went on the first Friday of the Fair because it typically isn't as busy as the Thursday opening day and the first Saturday. I have to go that weekend because that's the 4-H weekend and I want to see the PIGEONS! I ended up staying for about 4.5 hours. Most of that time I spent in the barns sketching, but I did get a corn dog and take time out to make some spin art!
I also like to go on that first Friday because it gives me a chance to start diving into my journal and get a feel for what I might like to bring for media on the day of the Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out.
This year was the 6th Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out. Unlike previous years it was held on two days: Saturday, August 23 and Tuesday, August 26. On both days there were meetings.
The weather was a bit humid the first couple of days at the Fair but then we had cool temps and bright sun for the rest of the run. There was a record 1,824,830 attendees this year. (Since I went 4 times that's really only 1,824,826.)
Left: Attendees on the first sketch out day. From left: Sallie, Kiki, Gwen, Marty, Patty, Roberta, Roz, Shawn, Thomas, and Suzanne. Click on the image to view the enlargement. (Vic, Marty's wife, took the group photo.)
On Saturday, August 23 I went for 8 hours but only 7 of that was spent sketching. I also spent time at the wrap up meeting at 4:30 p.m.
We had a great group on Saturday of dedicated sketchers who created some brilliant Fair sketches.
My only regret this year is that we didn't have an organized system for collecting images and everyone was left with instructions to send links to their Fair sketches. Sadly I haven't seen any links come, but if you came to either sketch out and want me to include a link I would love to add it.
I have Marty Harris' Flickr page where you can see some of his Fair sketches from past and current Fairs. His work is amazing so check it out. If you are on Facebook you can check out some Fair sketches from those attending who are in MCBA Visual Journal Collective, MetroSketchers, and UrbanSketchers Twin Cities.
Left: Sketchers present on the second day of the Sketch Out. Those labeled "X" are individuals I didn't get names for. Front row, left to right.: Amber, Daniel, (X)
Second row, left to right: Jo Ann (light blue plaid shirt), Kiki (just behind Daniel), Cathy, Roz, Theresa.
Third row, left to right: Liz, James, Karen (black shirt), (X2 in pink), Jerry, Tim, (X3 in Green shirt), LisaMarie, Todd (husband to X).
Back most row standing on stone bench left to right: TJ's son, TJ, (X4 in glasses just above Roz and next to Tim), daugher of X3, Ruth.Click on the image to view an enlargement.
Tuesday, August 26 was the next Sketch Out day. I put in about 9 hours but again only 7 of those hours were spent sketching. I spent time walking around looking for a friend I never found and then of course attended the meeting.
Since Kiki and I attended both days that brings our sketch out attendance to 28 for the two days combine. Not as high as our best single day sketch out, but a good total with a vast quantity of sketches sketched!
My final visit to the Fair was on Sunday, August 31. Dick came along with me to video tape my as I sketched in the barns. We got great footage which I will be using for an online class in January (more information about this to come).
We didn't spend much time at the Fair. It was a long week and I was sleep deprived. We walked around a bit and saw some sights and then agreed it was time to go home and watch a movie!
See my video below.
Also take a moment to mark your calendar for 2015.
The 7th Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out is Tuesday, September 1, 2015
And finally, if you have a sketch that you did this year at the Sketch Out and you think it would make a good button please email a jpg. I'm already planning that!