I met Holmer today. Finally.
Visiting galleries is an emotional experience for me. I was one of the first visitors today at National Portrait Gallery and rushed to the top floor- no one but me and the paintings talking to me. No people and sounds. I could let my guard down to feel the paintings- goose bumps and the strange feeling in your throat. You wish no one to say hello to you lest your voice cracks. I was loving it – I even twirled on the floor as I felt enveloped in the stories. Some so grim, I passed them over intentionally.
An information desk attendant was kind enough to tell me of the exact wings where I could see 2 Holmers that were currently hanging in the gallery. So we met- Holmer to Holmer wanna be.
Off the coast of Maine, Winslow Holmer, oil on canvas.
When someone offered money without buying the boats, Arin and Atticus turned down the money.
He gave a discount for 6 boats. That’s my boy!
Time flies my love.
Marzipan pieces(7 in all) covered in chocolate.
A simple cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting.
Crowe did not fall asleep today. As much.
Canson 90lb paper, Study book #3
Pigments (some funky ones) – Quinacridone Sienna, Cobalt Teal, Cobalt blue, Ochre, Bright Rose and minuscule amount of Pyrol Red(what a powerful red this is – almost no match for any contrasting color on my palette, it can have all my blues for breakfast for mixing and still appear dominantly red).
Everytime I start out a session with a painting in my study book, the study book study always comes out ahead of the painting. I’ve got to develop stamina. Any tips, friends?
My painting that won the 3rd place ribbon is at the very right!
Go to http://www.scvws.org/gallery.php?cat=44 to see a photo of me with other winners as well!
Practicing with large dark backgrounds. It is hard to make so much color and color it fast. I takes real patience and some bicep power!
Even though the shoulder drawing needs help I am most happy with the left cheek where it puckers out ever so slightly upon the models pursing of her lips. The lip shape I am not too worried about, it’s an easy fix with one stroke of red paint.
I am playing with new topics new ways of handling the medium with a view of coming up with a cohesive set of works before October 2014 when my second show goes up in Gallery House.
This was today’s practice thanks to the JKPP Flickr group which I am a part of.
2013 has been a year that has put day work ahead of family and passions for crafts, sports, health care. This sketch came about as a chance happening when we found ourselves with too little time to complete any other chore but long enough to stroll around a park while we were in Fremont.
Just wondering – has the definition of fun changed? People share photos(social media) of having a blast somewhere other than their homes either eating or drinking alcohol! It seems like a common trend. I would also enjoy that once in a blue moon – but really – these events are never highlights for me.
The highlight for me would be if I could kick back wherever I am and just people watch or watch my kids or feel time pass by without a gnawing feeling of finishing up one other chore that’s left before I can sit down! If my husband and kids are around and busy by themselves and also enjoying in whiling away time and enjoying this mental cleanse, that would be enormous!
I am becoming odd.