May 25th—Book launch party at Spinnaker Trust in Portland Maine

Thank you Spinnaker Trust for a fun and festive book launch party for my book "Walking in Watercolor". Their offices were filled with enthusiastic and interested friends and clients who generously came to share my story and buy a book. Even my 92 year old mom, Jackie, made the trip from Arizona to attend the event. A wonderful evening with Spanish guitar music, tapas, Spanish beer and wine and the most delicious cake decorated with the cover image. Muchas Gracias Spinnaker Trust and Buen Camino!!! Jennifer Lawson with Patricia Lennon and Jackie Lawson Jlawsonart.com Pictures courtesy of Nick Bowie of No Umbrella Media.

Thank you Spinnaker Trust for a fun and festive book launch party for my book "Walking in Watercolor". Their offices were filled with enthusiastic and interested friends and clients who generously came to share my story and buy a book. Even my 92 year old mom, Jackie, made the trip from Arizona to attend the event. A wonderful evening with Spanish guitar music, tapas, Spanish beer and wine and the most delicious cake decorated with the cover image. Muchas Gracias Spinnaker Trust and Buen Camino!!!
Jennifer Lawson with Patricia Lennon and Jackie Lawson
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Pictures courtesy of Nick Bowie of No Umbrella Media.

The books arrive in the Netherlands

Wim and Erwin got their books.

We met pilgrims Erwin and his dad Wim from the Netherlands on our journey on the Camino de Santiago. Always fun to run into them along "The Way" catching up on our adventures as we all made our way across Spain. Erwin ordered the book as a gift for his dad and we sent along an extra copy for him. Thank you pilgrims and Buen Camino!
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We ran onto Wim and Erwin in Astorga and then on to Villafranca.  

We ran onto Wim and Erwin in Astorga and then on to Villafranca.

 

Lawrence, Wim and Erwin in Sarria.

Lawrence, Wim and Erwin in Sarria.

Last evening

One last evening with my 92 year old mom watching the news and that “confounded Jeopardy". I quickly sketched her, my pens and pencils moving over the paper capturing her image. Seemingly, the years of our classically difficult mother/daughter relationship seem to fall away as we quietly talked and I sketched. The power of art!!! #sketching #coloredpencils #ink #instadraw #instaart #portraits #drawing #sketchbook #life #mymom #92yearsold #family #stories #arttherapy #gratitude #thanksmom

One last evening with my 92 year old mom watching the news and that “confounded Jeopardy". I quickly sketched her, my pens and pencils moving over the paper capturing her image. Seemingly, the years of our classically difficult mother/daughter relationship seem to fall away as we quietly talked and I sketched. The power of art!!! #sketching #coloredpencils #ink #instadraw #instaart #portraits #drawing #sketchbook #life #mymom #92yearsold #family #stories #arttherapy #gratitude #thanksmom

Mom comes to visit

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Sketching my 92 year old mom as she was telling me stories I'm not sure I am believing...

She to came Maine from Arizona to my book launch party where she held court. Time to go home because she is cold and admittedly am still wearing a parka and could see my breath on my dog walk tonight...okay mom you are right about that...but just that...#sketching #coloredpencils #ink #instadraw #instaart #life #mymom #92yearsold #family #stories

Firenze, Italy

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Landed in Firenze and after meeting with friends we took a stroll through the city enjoying a cappuccino. Later a delicious Italian dinner at a small trattoria before we traveled to San Gimignano to start our 200 mile walk to Rome.

#sketching #sketchbook #viafrancigena #instatravel #instadraw #instaart #travelingram #italy

Walking the Via Francigena

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This "walker/sketcher/pilgrim" is back on the road again. This time 200 miles on the ancient road and old pilgrim route in Italy the Via Francigena. With my all too heavy pack on my back we are walking and I'll be sketching from San Gimignano to Rome. #walking #sketching #viafrancigena #italy #travel #drawing #travelingram #instaart #instadraw #instatravel

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The daily impasse

  It is embarrassing as I drag all of Sophie's 13 lbs straining on her leash with little claws gripping onto the bricks to find that one tasty dropped morsel. The wonderful Scratch Bakery is a dog owners nemesis. Once I watched a guy have to pick up his 90 lb chocolate lab and carry the dog away from the "crumb-fest". #sketchbook #penandink #watercolor #illustration #instadraw #instaart #bakery #willardbeach #maine #ilovemydog

 

It is embarrassing as I drag all of Sophie's 13 lbs straining on her leash with little claws gripping onto the bricks to find that one tasty dropped morsel. The wonderful Scratch Bakery is a dog owners nemesis. Once I watched a guy have to pick up his 90 lb chocolate lab and carry the dog away from the "crumb-fest". #sketchbook #penandink #watercolor #illustration #instadraw #instaart #bakery #willardbeach #maine #ilovemydog

Inktober 2016

A few things I learned from 

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inktober

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In life there are good days and not such good days. The same is true in art, but when you commit to a drawing everyday there is no time for wallowing around in “inky self pity” because tomorrow is another day…and it could be awesome.

Community—the amazing fellowship with others of sharing interests and goals and great art!

Challenges—they are what makes life interesting, give us meaning, make us stronger and keep us learning.

And finally

—that expensive Namiki fountain pen I bought years ago and never used, became my favorite tool as I inked my way through October.

Thank you #inktober You were a very special gift. See you next year!