Sunday, February 28, 2010
I drew a quick sketch of one of the Sibyls, with my head looking up at the ceiling, and back down at my paper, till my neck hurt so much! I kept thinking how much more tiring it must have been for poor Michelangelo, high up there on scaffolds, illuminated by candlelight. I colored my drawing back at home, not daring to use watercolors in the Sistine Chapel. The guards kept telling people "No pictures!", and everybody took them behind their backs. Michelangelo's Libyan Sibyl, watercolor and ink, 4x6" (10x15cm.) painted in Rome, November 2009.
There was so much corruption in Rome at the time of Michelangelo, that to set a high moral example, he made no charge for his dessign of the dome, dedicating it to the Madonna. He had always venerated her (his mother had died when he was 5 years old). The dome was constructed between 1546 and 1564, dessigned free of charge by Michelangelo Buonarotti.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Good news today! I've had Sunset Tales at Mission Bay accepted into the juried exhibition of the North County Society of Fine Arts, at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. To see this oil painting, go to the February 7th post, titled like the painting. Please come to the reception and award ceremony on Saturday, March 13, 2:00-4:00 pm. at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
this blond lady with a red sweater and a blue scarf caught my eye.
I was sketching at the market, and included her in my sketches.
I painted her, and different market scenes many times, including this oil painting. When I returned to Cauterets the following summer, I talked to her and told her I had painted her. Her name is Magda, we chatted for hours and became friends. Now we visit each other often. I have also painted a portrait of her beautiful daughter, Nina. Magda shares her time between her farm in the Pyrenees, and her career as a tourist guide in Paris. Thanks to her I have had the opportunity to know Paris better than ever before! And our friendship started with one little sketch done quickly, when she wasn't looking....
Le Haricot Tarbais, oil on canvas, 27x46cm (11x18") In the home of Mme. Brigitte Scellier, Cauterets, France.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Emily and Rosie Learning Together, 20x16" (50x40 cm.), pastel, 2009. In the home of Tim and Marina Dillingham, San Diego, California.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Natalie is a smart girl. She loves to read, paint, and play games she invents.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Growth as artists happens slowly and almost unconsciously. Beginners are often concerned with finishing a painting, with the end result, but we actually learn more from each attempt, and with failure. We must take risks! I draw and/or paint all the time. I carry a small sketchbook with me, and do value studies or small watercolors or quick pencil sketches on buses, airplanes, in cafes and restaurants, in the car while somebody else is driving. This is a great way to study people and places. When we have to work quickly we can grasp the essential elements, which sharpens our perception.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Monts geles et fleuris, trone des deux saisons
Dont le front est de glace et le pied de gazons,
C'est la qu'il faut s'asseoir, c'est la qu'il faut entendre
Les airs lointains d'un cor melancolique et tendre.
Poem by Alfred de Vigny, describing the beauty of this small mountain town in the French Pyrenees, Cauterets. (I'm sorry I couldn't put the accents in place. I haven't figured out how to change the language for the blog.)
Sunday, February 14, 2010
In surfing, as in art and life, it's not really about the wave. It's about the feeling when you're immersed in it, it's about the life style, the friendships, the shared experiences, the meditation and karma.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
It has just been accepted for exhibition at the San Clemente Art Gallery, in San Clemente, California. The exhibition runs till the end of March 2010.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
One lovely afternoon in 1997, I painted this small watercolor just for fun, sitting at the end of the deck in our mountain cabin in the forest. Pine Cove is in the outskirts of Idyllwild, about two hours East of Los Angeles, California. I forgot about the little painting, until a few weeks later, when a painter friend, Etti, asked me to enter it into a show at the South Bay Watercolor Society in Long Beach. Since I had never entered a show, he helped me with the paperwork, the framing and wire, etc. My little fun painting was accepted! That was the first time my work was exhibited in an art gallery. Recognition and reassurance feels like warm water over your back: wonderful! I paint for pleasure, for meditation, for therapy. And when somebody likes my work enough to buy it, to accept it into a gallery, or to give it an award, my spirit soars! I can say with Hellen Keller: "The story of my life is the story of my friends".
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I painted this watercolor inspired by Michelangelo's famous ceiling. It was meant as "creation", but I was thinking today that it could also be a symbol for "reaching out and touching somebody". In today's cyber-world, a gentle touch, a smile, a hug, positive comments, unexpected flowers, can mean so much. Go ahead and touch somebody.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
This painting is about life, running away from us faster than we can believe. No Botox, extreme exercising, diet, surgery, will bring back our youth. We see our seconds, minutes and days, our dreams and desires, escaping softly into the universe. We must celebrate our life. My friend Helen turned 80 years old a few days ago. She celebrated her 29,200 days with the following poem:
I'm looking at eighty, the big Eight-O And I'm overwhelmed.
How did it happen?
Sixty is old, seventy is ancient, But eighty--that's incredible!
You can turn 80 upside down and it's still 80.
And if you stack the 0 in a vertical row On top of the 8,
It could be three 0's in a column
Which wins the game in tic-tac-toe!
Put the 8 on its side with the 0 Lying next to it
And it looks like 2 lemons and an orange
Which may get you something From the slots in Las Vegas,
But doesn't do much for me in its chronological
So, eighty-schmeighty, what do I think?
Hey, it's only a number! Right?
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Day 2: Today I finished reading Painted Rock to Printed Page by Francis Rogers. I've selected a pastel painting of La Boca de la Verita (famous old sculpture in Rome) I did a couple of years ago, to illustrate my feelings for this book. It was very interesting to follow the process of discovery of a better and better writing system from the caves of Altamira, Spain, to the present day. We've been writing on rocks, then on clay, papyrus after that, wood covered with bees wax, pergamun, silk, and finally paper. And now...blogging on a keyboard. Did you know the Sumerians had pictures which stood for a sound? Did you know the Phoenicians wrote on wood tablets coated with bees wax writing with a sharp instrument, the stylus? Did you know that the word "history" comes from the Ionians (Greek) and that it means "inquiry": the search for truth and knowledge?
That's what Herodotus, from Ionia, did. Herodotus decided to see the world and write about it, searching truth and knowledge. He started out when he was 20 years old, taking notes about everything he saw and experienced. It must have been so hard to keep track of that information since he was limited to waxen wooden tablets and stylus, also probably papyrus and ink. Both materials are cumbersome, heavy, and also fragile. This story is dear to my heart, because I also travel and carry my writing and painting materials with me. The book is informative and extremely easy to read.
Monday, February 1, 2010
I'm new to blogging. I've written and drawn journals for years, so this shouldn't be too hard. I will share my travels, my readings, and my painting activities. I've chosen this watercolor on Yupo, titled: "Bon Appetit!" to wish myself and my readers a delicious journey ahead.