A lot of stuff has been happening, and I've been ignoring my poor blog. It always makes me feel really sad when blogs die, so I promise not to let that happen to this one.
I went to the Holiday Artist Market at the Brooks Museum, and I bought an Alexander Paulus! I really admire his work. I bought one of the less expensive ones (although I love the paintings the best).
It inspired me to draw a self portrait:
Funny story, when I had bought this drawing and walked downstairs in the Brooks with it, a security guard for the museum was at her post there and asked me if I had bought it. I said that I had, and she started laughing. "How much did you pay for that?" I told her and she said, "You pay fifty dollar for that?!?" She could not stop laughing. Very strange behavior for a museum security guard, I think...
But I thought it was funny. She even got me laughing!
I went to David Hall's art show last Sunday. I drew this section of one of his paintings:
It looks like thread to me, which is why I liked it so much and drew it. It was made with thread, in a way, a thread of rubber cement that was used to block out these lines.
The moon when I rode home that night was full, and it was spectacular when the sky was just starting to go dark.
I've been looking at amazing art online, a lot of it on this website. I've also been thinking about paint, and what it means to be truly masterful with paint. I think it's a combination of natural talent, years of experience with the medium and ridiculous fluency with it, and a joy the artist must draw from the act of painting (which joy, I'm convinced, does come across). I'm still thinking about this!
I found a Memphis artist who did portrait commissions: Paul Penczner.
I painted a picture of David at his art show:this book my mother-in-law just gave me as an early Christmas present, I really want to concentrate more on the work that was directly inspired by her. These are much more difficult to make, but I love them intensely.