Friday, June 22, 2012

Sweet Home Chicago

This is just a quick doodle of radishes we received from the CSA program we joined for the summer. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Our CSA is Growing Home. Their mission is "to operate, promote, and demonstrate the use of organic agriculture as a vehicle for job training, employment, and community development." 
Once a week we pick up a variety of produce from Growing Home. They select it. It will be interesting to see  if some of the selections are out of our regular picks and will expand out palates. Since I'm a firm believer in"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime" it's a perfectly delicious fit!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Hearing the Music

The Green City Market in Chicago is an oasis for me during busy times – if only for a few minutes. And this weekend what a few minutes it was! A musician was playing a drum and encouraging (it didn't take much) the children to join him with tambourines, bongos and all sorts of percussion instruments that he had brought with him. I loved that he sang "everybody's got a beat" rather than "everybody's got the beat". It reminded me of
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away." Henry David Thoreau
 I managed one quick sketch (and maybe a little dance) while Bob shopped. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summertime and the LIvin' is…

busy!  In my corner of the world June is a time of house guests, birthdays, anniversaries not to mention graduations and Father's Day!
There are islands of relaxation. Here are two familiar Chicago summer sights – city roses and farmers markets. They reflect a quieter pace than is actually happening in my life! These roses are seen all over the city in backyards on the allies. The Green City Market in Lincoln Park is one of the best farmers markets in Chicago. My husband shops while I people watch and sketch. The amount of sketching I get done is often dependent on the length of his shopping list. I love the chef demonstrations and the music is always fun!