My head is swimming with images from the workshop I just attended. Randall Sexton was the teacher, and for the record: AWESOME teacher, folks.
Tonight I am left with dreams of deep purple paint cutting sharply behind a lime green apple...perhaps you can imagine.
It's going to take a while to process it all. Thankfully I have time on my side.
Driving home, I could hardly wait to take my studies out of the box to see them. Things, i.e. paintings, always look so different after a day or two to themselves. And the "unveiling" for the family at home is one of the highlights of the adventure.
I guess you're all family now, cause here is one of the studies from Vermont.
It's late, and I'm just home from a 5 day trip to Vermont. On Tuesday, the trees hadn't yet turned. Today was another story altogether. Simply gorgeous! Ablaze with color- but I'm tired and will save all the details for tomorrow.
Tonight, I'll simply post one of a barn. And a few hens
Today I am heading north to paint. Usually, I try to avoid the autumn traffic- something that is tough to do during September and October in Vermont, given the caravans of leaf-peepers. Enormous tour buses lumber throughout the northern New England states this time of year, but I have to admit that I don't blame the tourists. It is beautiful.
Walking into an open painting/drawing session is a bit like crashing a birthday party. Everyone knows everyone else, except you. When we three interlopers walked into Paul Schulenberg's studio, we found ourselves in the midst of a very exclusive guest list. Seems that the waiting list has a waiting list to get a spot here- we just lucked out for the night!
It's been a while since I had the opportunity to work from s love getting model. My attempts were rusty, but I loved it. And I'm going to find a way to keep at it.
It's been a whirlwind of a week. I've been spending most of it with Leslie Saeta riding shotgun in my Subaru. Which was more fun than I've had since I Don't Know When.
We arrived last Saturday night in Falmouth MA, and we were hosted by the very gracious Linda Collins. It happened that all three of our ever-lovin' spouses were abroad (yes, Canada counts), and we were left to think only about the week ahead.
We had a blast. As Leslie taught her workshop, Linda and I tried hard to be supportive and quiet. it helped that we painted.
We capped the week off with a visit to Paul Schulenberg's figure drawing/painting group on Wednesday night. OMG, I want to rent a room in someone's beach shack and live that P'town life! Paul was so warm and hospitable to us, and for the record: he paints like a rockstar. His group of 16 or so artists were unbelievably talented and welcoming and friendly. I can't even begin to tell you about the model, except to say she was exceptional.
I'll post some of the palette knife paintings I did... under duress. But as my friend Linda reminded me, I always tell her that if you want to learn something new, you have to buy what they're selling. Clearly I need to work at this!
September 11th will always be a tough day. I wrote a long blog, then deleted it. It's not about me, it's about remembering.
Today was the last, absolutely last, positively last day of work for me. It was bittersweet- leaving a fine group of folks who I've known for nearly eight years now. But it was time, and I was ready.
Although there are distractions galore, (the U.S. Open and the Patriots game), I did go into my studio to see if the brushes had any magic in them. What I will post isn't magic, but it was fun. And fun was exactly what was needed to kick off this next chapter in my life.
Maybe tomorrow I'll find the magic brush.
Day of many errands and not so much painting, but nonetheless...here you go:
Note the current obsession with white flowers. It's my way of protesting the end of summer.
Just the facts:
I Love Tennis. Had to watch the Williams sisters. Did what any tennis-loving fan would do!
Here's my quick sketch- don't judge me.
A week Into this daily challenge, and it's starting to get a little easier. Systems and shortcuts are emerging... and a disposable palette has made the cleanup in the night far simpler.
Went to a farm stand today, and along with dinner I found a lot of interesting subject matter.
To be honest, I don't even know what these root vegetables are...?
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