Changes at the Secret Garden at the Beach

Sketchers met last week at the Secret Garden at Jax Beach. We commented that we wished there was more “decor” to draw and were told all that was changing. By now there is a “Grand Opening” sign up for their new name – “Bacon in the Sun.” The image is a strip of bacon “baking” in the sun in a beach chair…..

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Frances and Jane came early for breakfast. Frances drew hers while Jane drew sketchers as they arrived. Very nice, Ladies.

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I hope they will still have the fried green tomatoes with onion marmalade as that’s my favorite! Also the lobster bisque was delicious.

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See you next time at the Home Plate Diner in Mayport. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

 

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Dressing Downton at the Lightner

Last week the Cafe Sketchers visited the Lightner Museum in St Augustine, formerly the Alcazar Hotel built in 1888 by Henry Flagler (photo from their website).

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The occasion was to see and sketch the “Dressing Downton” exhibition of 36 costumes and accessories from the popular British TV series, Downton Abbey. This selection from the series’ wardrobe reflects on the changing times through fashion from 1912 to the mid-1920s and was great fun to sketch. This is the final stop of this exhibition, the only stop in Florida and the Southeastern United States and continues through January 7, 2018. It’s definitely worth a visit.

Jackie dressed for the occasion and fit in beautifully. She could have been in one of the tableaus. We are all glad she became a permanent transplant from Vermont.

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After a very quick two hours it was time for tea. High Tea was served (for a price!) in the Cafe Alcazar, what was once the world’s largest indoor swimming pool. Finger sandwiches, scones, tarts and other sweets were served as well as your choice of tea.

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There was lots of laughter and good conversation, but Sandi is the only one who actually did a sketch of it.

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And then it was time to say good-bye. Cheerio until next time.

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Mimi’s – An Old Favorite

It’s been nearly 3 years since we sketched at Mimi’s, and, as always, the food and service were exceptional. Shaniqua was back with her bottomless coffee pot and her warm and friendly disposition. Our only problem was that she moved so fast we couldn’t sketch her. But it’s always good to see her.

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Being October, Pumpkin Spice was the flavor of the day. Pumpkin Spice Latte and Pumpkin Spice Muffins were just the beginning. Dale, of course, had to draw before tasting which gave the rest of us plenty of time to get them in our pictures.

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I was so sad the tiny strawberry waffles with cream cheese and marmalade were no longer on the menu (sketch from 2015). However, the crepes were very similar and delicious – but with potatoes????

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We had a new sketcher with us this week, Hye-Joo, and her friend Nancy from Maryland.  Their first efforts were very good, don’t you think?

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Frances painted a charming duck from a photograph. (Mimi’s didn’t have this on the table!) Any and all sketches are welcome.

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Next week some of us will be going to the Downton Abbey costume exhibit in St. Augustine followed by High Tea at the Cafe Alcazar. We will try to do some sketching.

Cafe Veneto – Great Fun!

Sketchers met at a new place this week, and we all agreed it was one of the best times so far. Cafe Veneto is in Lantern Square near the Walmart in the Regency area.

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Nermina, our lovely hostess, makes all her own pastries, and, believe me, they are out of this world. It’s worth a trip there just to take one home.

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But… we were here to sketch, and so we did. From the red umbrellas outside to the brightly colored chairs and mosaic tables inside, the place was made for our group of artists.

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And when we had finished painting and eaten a delicious lunch, Dale and Nermina showed off their moves to the Greek music playing. A really fun day. Look for us next week at Mimi’s in the Town Center.

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Sketching at Angie’s Grom

After many trips around the block, I was unable to find the Brick Coffee House on Hogan Street so sketchers gathered this week at Angie’s Grom in Jax Beach (“Grom” means “an inexperienced surfer” for those of you who, like us, didn’t know.) What a fun place with so much stuff to draw – from surfboards, skateboards, even a Cypress Gardens ski on the wall to colorful chairs and tables as well as delicious food (including mimosas!). Try the Mary Jane Wrap – yum, yum.

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A great time was had by all. Next week we’ll be at a new place near Regency Square, Veneto Cafe with decadent homemade desserts.

Cafe Sketchers – Together Again!

Except for the mid-summer outing at the beach, Sketchers have not gotten together since last November. Where has this year gone? Some restaurants have reopened, some have closed, and there are no less than 5 opening “in the fall.” I think Hurricane Irma must have delayed at least some of them. The Hash House at Jax Beach is now the Jax Beach Brunch House, and our opera singer/owner, Daniel, is back (however, not on Wednesday so we missed him). The crepes with ricotta cheese and fruit were especially delicious and fun to draw. We had a big group, and 2 more saw us and want to join. We must have looked like we were having fun! Next week we’ll be at the Brick Coffee House on Hogan St. downtown. All are welcome. Just remind me to take pictures.

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Sketchers’ Summer Meet-Up

Cafe sketchers had a perfect day for sketching at the beach – no rain, beautiful clouds and  and a gentle breeze off the ocean. Inside it was good to see everyone after such a long time. (We missed you Mary, Barbara, Carolyn, Emine and Katy!) We all decided to start up at new restaurants some time in late September-October and to go to the Downton Abbey costume exhibit and High Tea in St. Augustine in November. Details to follow.

Today, some worked inside (Jane, Joanne, Sandi, Leslie), some went outside (Jackie, Mary Ann) or down on the beach (Dale, Jeanette and Kay).

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Everyone brought their own lunch and something to share. Jeanette got it all together.

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And after all that… some even stopped for pie at Pie Heaven on the way home!

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End of Challenge: Haikus and Drawings

Forty-two long days,                                                                                                                         Forty-one left-hand drawings.                                                                                                      Ambidextrous not.

I’m not driving yet, but I’m back to drawing with my right hand. The experience kept me sane (more or less), but I’m ready to move on. Here are a few of the rest. Thank you all for going on this journey with me and for your kind words. Next Wednesday the Cafe Sketchers will get together for a meet-up at Barbara’s so I’ll share those pictures then. Maybe I’ll have some travel journals from Barbara to show you too.

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And yes, I left out the P.

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Left-Handed Challenge #2

The sling is off, I’m still in therapy, but I can wear regular clothes again – which means I can go out!  I still can’t drive, but because of so many wonderful, helpful friends, I’ve gone to the library, movies, lunches, painting group and church activities. Thank you one and all – especially Husband who did most of it every day.

Jackie was the only one who attempted the left-handed drawings with me, and I’m sharing hers here. Great job, don’t you think?

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I’ll share a few of mine here and finish up in a few days when I get the rest scanned.

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Left-handed Challenge

Several weeks ago I was faced with having shoulder surgery – rotator cuff and a lot of other thing I can’t pronounce nor understand. It was my dominant right arm, and I would be without the use of it for at least 6 weeks. A friend said to me, “How will you do without drawing for so long?” So…. after thinking long and hard, I set myself a challenge:  I will attempt to do 100 People in 6 Weeks with my left hand! I put it out to all our Cafe Sketchers, but only 1 took me up on it. (And I haven’t seen any of hers yet!) It’s a little over halfway now, and the challenge has been modified. I can’t drive or even go out in public much in my XX-sized clothes I must wear for my arm and its 24/7 contraption loosely called “a sling.” Therefore, I don’t see many people to draw. So it became “100 Drawings” and since I’ve only managed to do about 25 so far, it will probably fall far short of 100. (I have read about 25 wonderful books, however!) I added haikus to my pictures because they are fun, and it gave me something to do during those long wakeful hours in the recliner during the night.

It’s been fun, and now that I’m sharing, I encourage you to try it. If you do, send them to me. I won’t share them if you say not to, but it may give someone else a boost – or at least a laugh!

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