The Tuesday Painters group has been at a friend’s cottage
overlooking Lake Michigan.We’ve gone
two weeks in a row and may go again this week…. If she’ll have us.The cottage was her sister’s, another friend
who lost her battle with cancer a few years back.Four sisters had cottages on the ridge,When Elaine died the other sisters fixed up
her cottage and use it as a rental or for friends.
There are great views of the lake, the beach
and the pier from there and in this between season it’s an ideal place to paint
and sketch.It’s too cold to be outside and
though the cottage has no heat we are protected from the elements and we dress
warm.We are taking advantage of it
while we can; it will be closed up once winter comes.
Last week I showed you the start of my Catrina for the Day
of the Dead exhibit coming to the Gallery Uptown in November.Here she is… finished and ready to be delivered.
And I got a few more of the small boiled paper pieces done. These are fun little pieces to do and I still haven't decided what to do with them.
They make nice little gift tags but could also look nice as a little framed piece, or on a note card. Does anyone have any other thoughts?
The Gallery Uptown exhibit theme for November is Day of the Dead. I'm working on two pieces, this is one of them... in process...
and a close up of her head...
The stuffing part is done, now it's time to add her arms and the trimmings.
Awhile back I did some boiled paper and while it was fun, I wasn't sure what I would do with it. As I kept looking at them sitting on my table images began to appear. I finally decided to play with them a bit. Here are a few of those....
They're small 3 x 6 or 4 x 6 and I may use them as gift tags... or sell them as gift tags if I do this with all of the boiled paper I've done recently.
My studio is
getting a major overhaul. There is constant clutter because of too much
stuff so I'm pitching or giving away. Of course, that also means I'm
finding things I had forgotten which can lead to working on it and forgetting
the overhaul. This time I'm avoiding that.
However, I do still make
some art. I spend Tuesday mornings with some art buddiesWe gather
between 9:30 and 10, paint, sketch or draw until 11:30, start packing up and go
to lunch were we share for a friendly critique. In good weather we are
outside but rain and winter's cold keep us inside. There are several
indoor spots that welcome us. Here are a few of my Tuesday sketches....
project recently finished.... a mosaic that the Visual Arts Committee at our
church did based on this year's Lenten theme.... The Wizard of Oz. Yes, sounds strange but think about it. What did Oz tell all
of them? Basically the same thing Piglet told Pooh,"You're braver than you believe, stronger
than you seem, and smarter than you think." Every week the congregation got something
to hold as they prayed after listening to the sermon, then they put it in the
offering plate and we added them to our mosaics. Here are the finished
pieces planted by our patio.
And the inspiration, another reason to
get the studio overhaul finished. Our son was able to crew for a friend
in the Clipper Cup, a sailboat race across Lake Michigan. He took some
great photos. It's time to get back to some watercolor painting.
Thanks to Teresa Morgan for her video showing how to do these....
After seeing the video I had to do some experimenting. I collect feathers, love to sketch them, draw them, use them as a stamp or a mask or just look at them in a jar on a shelf in my studio. They remind me of angels.... I'm also a believer in angels.
And that reminds me of a Mary Oliver poem that I love....
I finished the 100 Day Project.... this was number 100 done along our riverside boardwalk with the Tuesday Painters group.
These next two are also done along the river, one done in Portland and the other here in Grand Haven, same river.
This is one of the other days and the more I see of what I get when I don't use the spiral bound book the more I dislike the spiral for these.
They still work well for sketching ideas so I won't throw them out but ...
I switched for my dailies and I also began to think about getting some of my wonky angels done, Christmas is coming so a few of my dailies are angels...
or just the feathers
And once again I got sidetracked making little sketchbooks....
and then read a blog about glued books so had to try that...
It's not spiral and it lays flat, both pluses. However, I'm not sure how well it will hold up. I'm taking it with me when I go to Spider Lake for my annual art retreat with above mentioned friend Terry. She and I have been doing these retreats since her youngest and my only were in Junior High. Now both of those boys are well into their careers and raising kids of their own.