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Posts made in August, 2012

A plein air outing on Salt Spring Island

Posted by on 31 Aug 2012 in Blog, My life, New Artwork | 3 comments

A plein air outing on Salt Spring Island

  The day was pretty much an overcast one but that didn’t stop me and my Mum and Dad from venturing forth into the wilds of Salt Spring to paint en plein air. Okay, a slight exaggeration since we just went a short way up the hill and around the corner to Sharpe Rd. Such a cool grey day and yet we managed to find subject matter to paint and you know, I’m quite happy with what I did. So here’s the progress and final pastel.                             Ahhhh…a fine time on Salt Spring. As I was...

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I love my eyesight!…a wee bit more on Degas, a drawing, a play day and…

Posted by on 24 Aug 2012 in Blog, Inspiration, My Art Life, New Artwork, Ruminations | 6 comments

I love my eyesight!…a wee bit more on Degas, a drawing, a play day and…

  Eyesight….   Eyesight – something we sure take for granted…at least I do. Yesterday, my Mum had a cataract operation. It made me think about my eyes and how grateful I am to have my eyesight. As Degas says in a letter to Jeanne Fevre in 1906, “What a blessing eyesight is, my God!”   Continuing to delve into the life and work of Degas (see my previous blog), I was surprised to learn that by 39 years old, Degas was already losing his sight. I knew that Degas was pretty much blind in his later years, but in 1873 he writes to his friend James...

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Degas – his figure drawings…taking a closer look

Posted by on 19 Aug 2012 in Blog, Inspiration, My Art Life, Ruminations | 2 comments

Degas – his figure drawings…taking a closer look

Today, I was flipping through the superb book, Degas by Himself, edited by Richard Kendall. I found I was drawn (hah!) to Degas’s figure drawings especially after life drawing last week on Salt Spring. Most of us are familiar with his more well known paintings and pastels of racehorses, ballerinas and portraits but here were drawings I’d never seen before.   “Drawing is not what one sees but what one can make others see.” Edgar Degas (1834-1917) This aphorism is sooooo true don’t you think? Okay, check out the drawings below.   Here’s a series of head...

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Life drawing……it’s been ages!

Posted by on 14 Aug 2012 in Blog, My Art Life, New Artwork | 4 comments

Life drawing……it’s been ages!

Life drawing   Today I went to life drawing on Salt Spring Island.   It’s been awhile since I’ve been to life drawing. I know it’s been awhile because I couldn’t remember how to assemble the easel I use for this purpose! Perhaps with more time I would’ve eventually figured it out but as it was, we were late getting started (someone had brought the wrong key and we had to wait until the correct one was brought). So I ended up sitting which was unusual for me. I like standing so I can draw with my whole arm, not just my hand. I like to move away from my...

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Daily Painting – garlic, mug, plate and spoon

Posted by on 9 Aug 2012 in Blog, My Art Life, New Artwork | 1 comment

Daily Painting – garlic, mug, plate and spoon

The Daily Painting   So, for you today, a daily painting. (That’s what I call this size of painting – 6×6″ – although I don’t actually paint one every single day.) Don’t ask me why this combination of items- I just kind of grabbed items. I wanted the shine of the ceramic mug and plate, the ultra shine of the spoon and all contrasted with the matte quality and rounded softness of the garlic. I also wanted to make sure I had three different values with an uneven balance between the three. I’m using Wallis paper that I’ve tinted with...

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