Day 4: Art Resolutions-Stolen moments at El Rancho Grande

If you are just joining me or coming back after some time away, you are stepping into my newest dare. My self-imposed charge to create an artistic study a day for a year. Welcome to Day 4. So far, Bonnie is the only one who has joined my quest. Her photographic studies can be found at her Dog-in-the-Hole Studio site.

I won’t pretend that I will suffer temperatures below 45 for art. Maybe not even below 65.     The temperature in Cincinnati did not creep about 28 today. I tell myself that this is the reason I found myself at El Rancho Grande for lunch. I also tell myself that this challenge may cause me to each more lunches than I have since coming here.

There was no particular reason for going to El Rancho except that it is close and has great chicken rice soup that is hot. Could not help but drift back to the Saturday O’Keefe exhibition and it’s theme of place. Though not working in color today, I was keenly aware of all the choices made in decorating this restaurant and stole the moment to quickly ink in the major lines in the booth across the room. My soup came fast and I left with the bare beginnings of a study. Tonight I came back to add the depth of pencil and think about the curious service staff.

el rancho sketch

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About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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