This weekend there was an open studio tour in Lodi. The teen grandsons, their best friend, and I went first to Sam and Pepe's place. The property there was once a nursery so there is a lot of open space, perfect for showing their outdoor garden sculptures. They also invited some of the other artists to show their works there as well. Scattered under the trees, bamboos, around the garden paths, and some inside a big room (formerly a show room I think). The weather was perfect, sunny wit a light breeze. It was a magical place. We watched a wood turner, who had created amazing things like a cowboy hat of one piece of wood, and a print maker who patiently explained her processes. I knew everyone there and the boys had met many of them working at the Spring Art Show. Painters, clay construction, lots of good things. Then we went to a remodeled house/studio i downtown Lodi. Wow! what a great house. the artist there explained some of his techniques using colored pencils which we found really interesting as one grandson likes to use them, and occasionally I do too. after that we drove to a Subway as boys were starving, and I went to the Art Center Gallery while they were chowing down. Rich was demonstrating his oil painting techniqiues with a pallette knife. When we left there we drove to Caroline's house/garden where she was showing her paintings and Jarrod was showing his metal sculptures. It was the perfect way to end our art day.
I'd been operating all day with a horrid toothache and felt really worn down from it. But even with that - it was a very special day.