Walk and Talk!
North Shore studio artists, Amanda Gantner, Carol Pyes, and Edward Rawski took a break from art making to join me for a Walk and Talk this week. Please enjoy our conversation covering: art making outdoors, flowers, wildlife, and more.
Diane Florian (DF): Welcome to Walk and Talk folks! How is everyone? How’s the art making going?
Amanda Gantner (AG): Good.
Carol Pyes (CLP): Good.
Edward Rawski (ER): No, arts looking good that way. People come to art classes and know what to do.
DF: Good. I’m glad it’s going well. So, you three come to the walks pretty consistently. What do you like about them?
ER: It’s good. It’s nice and fresh anyway. It’s a good walk- do you think Carol?
DF: I like getting fresh air. Sometimes I find inspiration for work on the walks, too.
AG: Yeah, nice weather.
ER: If the weather’s hot, you walk. It’s cold, you don’t walk. That’s why people have to wear different clothes.
DF: Have any of you ever gone outside to paint or draw?
ER: I sketched flowers, trees, and other things when I was in Spain.
DF: Where in Spain?
ER: In Barcelona. I sketched a big church. Nice trip to Spain, so.
DF: Oh yeah?
AG: With chalk.
DF: Yeah, I like making art outside-especially when I’m in a beautiful landscape. It’s been a while though.
ER: Yeah, the environment. The flowers turn red, usually.
DF: Do you all have a favorite flower?
ER: I think I like roses. Daisies, too.
AG: Yeah. Roses. They’re beautiful
ER:I used to go to the gardens and I saw roses.
DF: Which gardens?
ER: The Botanic Gardens in Glencoe. I’m going to go one day and visit some more.
DF: That sounds nice. If you all could go anywhere to paint, where would you all choose to go?
AG: Backyard. Paint flowers.
AG: Oh yeah. Get a tan.
ER: I want to go to the beach one day. And go swimming sometime. Get a tan, too.
AG: Paint the sun.
DF: That sounds nice. Oh! Look at the orange lilies!
ER: I like those big flowers.
DF: Yeah, they’re lovely. It’s hot out!
ER: People can lay like this and see the sun.
AG: Get a suntan.
DF: Yeah. Zoos and sanctuaries are also places people go to draw.
ER: I’ve been to Lincoln Park zoo where they’ve got goats, and bears, and cats too.
DF: What kind of animal would you draw?
AG: A dog. Or a cat. A panda bear. I’m a panda.
DF: Aw, I love pandas!
CLP: A cat!
DF: Cat’s are pretty cool.
ER: I would paint a fox.
DF: That’s a good one. I like foxes. I think I’d enjoy painting birds. Oh, look, I think there’s a hawk up there! Hear the screeches?
ER: Oh yeah, I see it. A big hawk.
DF: Yeah, there’s more than one. How cool.
DF: Well, we’re back! What a lovely walk. Thank you so much for the chat everyone.
CLP and AG: You’re welcome.