Having raised three sons on my own and NO girls, it is so much fun to have granddaughters. They are all here next weekend for four days, so we are baking cookies, each in their apron made by Grandma, going to Peter Pan and then off to the Nutcracker Ballet in Seattle. Made dresses for that too!
Here are the dresses for Claire (4), Leah (9), and Holly (6). We should have a great time. Hope to make lots of fun memories for my girls. I think adventures are much better than presents!
One of my friends posted this beautiful video on his blogspot and I thought I might share it with my fiends and followers. Degas work in figure, form and color is amazing and delightful. So many of us would like to be able to emulate the emotions he expressed in his artwork. He was obsessed with ballerinas and in watching this you can see why, with grace mobility they make the dance look elegant and simple.
This time of year having friends to share the garden is such a joy! Last we enjoyed the beautiful evening with good friends.
The painting is just 5 x 7 and done in about 30 minutes. Not my favorite, but learning to work in different harmonies is important to grow your art.
The other day for a class I painted a bell pepper. It looked so lonely in the studio, I painted this 5 x 7 abstract apple to keep it company. Just like people, sometimes a piece of art looks all alone.
Sometimes nature is more beautiful than a painting
This photo from Facebook gives you a very different view of color.
Low-key painting is usually of reduced intensity; restrained; understated having chiefly dark tones, usually with little tonal contrast
High-key painting is a style of lighting that is bright, even, and produces little contrast between light and dark areas of the scene.-, usually with little tonal contrast.
Look forward, look backwards and know where you are. We are all taught that as a child. Here my beautiful granddaughter is experiencing that in all innocence. As artists, we need to let some of the innocence we lost as we became adults come back into our art. You decide the best way to decide what innocence you miss the most.