Thursday, March 26, 2015

March Catch Up

 I am slowly moving out of hibernation and finding motivation in...

Playing with paint

My Painting II Class (oil painting in progress)

Walks around Greenwood Cemetery to gear up for actually getting myself to the gym

These trees are ready to burst with new life just like me :)

Making dinner for my teacher friends; in celebration of all of their hard work
as they come to the end of report cards and parent teacher conferences.

Morning coffee and a sketch

Monday, March 16, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Glorious Day!

The high was 61˚F today. I took a long walk and bought flowers. I also bought some carrots, eggplants, and mushrooms to sketch (then turn into something yummy to eat). It is almost 6:00pm and the sun is still shining. I hear birds chirping outside my window. The hubby and I are popping out for some guacamole and chips...

It is a glorious, glorious day!


I am on a sunshine HIGH!!!

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Brooklyn Museum

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

Kehinde Wiley's paintings, sculptures and stained glass are on view at The Brooklyn Museum through May 24, 2015. His compelling works encompass themes of race, ethnicity and gender, and reference historical art. The larger than life paintings contain beautiful decorative details and realistic handling of the subjects. Here's a sneak peak.

You can learn more about Kehinde Wiley, his art and process, by going here and here. Go to PBS to watch a video of the man in action!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Painting II

I have to be honest and say that the last few weeks have been tough in terms of motivation; to create, go outside, be social. I strive to be positive and optimistic, but I cannot lie. This weather has put me in serious hibernation mode. Really, I'm only asking for 45 degree weather with little or no precipitation of the white and freezing variety. I don't think that's too much to ask for.

But then I wouldn't have noticed, with such great enthusiasm, that the birds were chirping loudly this morning and that the sun was trying really hard to shine in through the window. My hubby even mentioned their chatter. I can still hear them as I write this post :)  

Thankfully, I am enrolled in a Painting class which has been quite wonderful (and has kept my sluggishness in check). I have taken several classes with Margaret Krug and she is just so knowledgeable and kind.

Painting II Exercises in Progress

Copying a master painting: first make a sketch, then transfer with tracing paper onto canvas

Imprimatura:; a thin veil of color


color inventory

drawing of my chair for a painting sketch