Thursday, April 14, 2016
It was quite a challenge, and the painting didn't even get into the show!
I like it anyway, so I am posting it here. I will put it on my website, too.
Instead of being under glass, it is varnished. Another unusual thing for me is that I painted the sides of the painting and presented it without a frame.
Taking on something that I wasn't sure I could "pull off" helped me get into a creative zone, but I will probably stick with more traditional watercolor. This was a lot of fun for me, even though it evideently didn't appeal to the juror.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Recently my stepdaughter Catherine visited. She was on her way back from a residency at Vermont Studio Center. It gave us a few days to visit, but one of those was a snow day. We had a great time even then watching "Mozart in the Jungle" on the sofa bed. Another day, we made it to the "Wonder" show at the Renwick Museum.
Catherine brought me some fun gifts. One was a box of cards with some of Ruth Asawa's paintings. I knew I couldn't copy Asawa, but decided to do something in the spirit of Asawa and so thought of some with repeated, bending forms and layered effects. This is a painting of a silver bowl....repeated as a freeform, and a candle in the shape of a garlic head. The background is loosely based on a scarf...it is the color of the scarf, at least.
Oh, the best thing about the Asawa cards is that Catherine got them at a show of Black Mountain art, Ruth Asawa went to Black Mountain and so did Catherine's father and my beloved Howard. Howard was actually more a faculty brat than a student, but he did take drawing from Josef Albers. The show is over now, but it was called "Leap Before You Look." It was in Boston. Black Mountain College closed in 1957.
It was fun to try something a little different....quite a challenge, too. Thanks, Catherine, for the great visit and the inspiration to do something different.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
The show is all about food and should be interesting. There will be food for eating at the reception on March 5 from 5-7 pm. The jurors will give a talk at 5;30 pm, and that is always interesting. The exhibition closes April 15. Hope my DC friends can make it. It's at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 7th St and G St SE.
Monday, January 11, 2016
I really enjoyed the ones I got this year, and did start my thank you card painting while they were fresh. Life got busy, though, and I had to finish from a photo. They did last over a week. I opened the card and painted front and back to make this painting. It is fun that way. This is how the card looks when it is closed:
Friday, January 8, 2016
Here's something else that is very much fun. My friend Nancy found the perfect mug for me. It is so elegant, with a subtle design in bone china. The most fun about it is that, on the bottom, it says "Lady Carolyn" in fancy script. It makes me feel special to use it! and "demand' to be called Lady Carolyn!
Thanks, Nancy...this is who I wish to be!
During my recent trip to California, I had the good fortune to stay a few nights in Sacramento with my friend Kathy Jensen. Kathy and I have known each other since high school and so it is a special friendship. I usually don't have the opportunity to stay with her when I visit, so this was a real treat. We had breakfast together, re-connected later in the day, and generally just enjoyed our time together.
Kathy had recently adopted Graziella, who is a very interesting cat. She is a rescue cat and was thought to be a male because most tabby cats are male. When Kathy first got her, and took her to the vet, Grazie was determined to be female. She is very beautiful, and knows it. My little painting does not do her justice.
I made this little cat painting for my thank you note to Kathy.