Paint, Print & Travel

     Yesterday, I held the first project critique with my painting class.  Their assignment was a monochromatic still life with a consistent light source.  Critique moved along well, and they had constructive input for one another.  It was an encouraging class and I look forward to helping them develop even more with their next paintings.  Below are some examples of my students' work. Next up, complementary color schemes.
             In art history, we've been talking about Renaissance art and architecture in Italy.  With each lecture I give, the itch to book my next adventure gets stronger (Kelly, are you ready?)  In my research for class this weekend, I happened upon a link to a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel.  Check it out here.   You can get up close and personal with the frescoes, minus the crowds.  

     For all you printmakers out there, sign up before October 31st for Frogman's Print and Paper Workshop for the early bird discount!  I'm registered and excited to learn some new silkscreen techniques for my studio.  The atmosphere in Vermillion is always so inspiring, it's hard to believe that five years have passed since I was last there.  Which class are you going to take?


Making Changes

I began this painting a little over a month ago for a studio feature on my friend Ann's blog, a beautiful party.  Today I was finally caught up enough on all my reading, class planning and getting papers in order for our mortgage application (hooray!) to sit down and paint in my studio.  It has gone through a few major changes since I transferred the drawing from my sketchbook.  After my husband came home at 5:30, I took a break from painting to think about my ideas and relax for a bit.  When I returned to my studio at 6:30, I altered the scene completely, and I think the original concept is stronger with the new imagery. After all, it is about searching for a place to live in the great state of Texas.  It's about 75% done...still more detail to be added to the prickly pear cactus (they're all over the city, including our backyard) and the picket fence still needs some detail.  Today the contract on our future home became final, so perhaps that had a little (a lot) to do with the urge to come back to this piece after a month!  The second week of the semester has flown by, thanks to the long weekend helping it along.  This week, my painters began their first project (monochromatic still life) & my art history students learned about printmaking in Northern Europe.  I was in printmaker heaven during that lecture, as you can imagine.  We looked at original etchings and engravings from past portfolio exchanges and passed around some relief, engraving and letterpress blocks.  Below are the two earlier states of the painting from July & August.  You can read about the inspiration behind the painting here.