My friend and I saw the movie "Woman in Gold". It reminded me of the art documentary called "Portrait of Wally", but with a better ending. It peaked my interest because there were, as with most screenplays, some interesting information left out. Klimt himself is an interesting subject. I felt the need to watch the Klimt documentary (The Great Artists: The Post-Impressionists: Klimt) again to make sure I was remembering the information correctly. Anyway, it was nice to be in front of the big screen for a change. I could have done without all the commercials. Really? I'm paying to see commercials. They should pay me to watch them. This is how I picture it: While trying to remove the straw from its paper and juggling my popcorn, napkins, and diet coke (which are so large they could choke a horse...just in case I want a refill) I approach the ticket area. Instead of pointing me in the direction of my theater the young man says "Would you care to see the commercials?" I reply, "Why yes, it's my favorite part!" He tears my ticket stub in half and hands me five dollars. I enter the theater to the left. Sit down. Enjoy my drink, and do not feel a trace of resentment for the next 25 minutes. Ah well, one can dream. Back to my brushes.
"Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition." - Adam Smith
I've had company and the consequence is that I have not posted anything in as many days. I did get to visit the Van Gogh to Rothko exhibit again on a much less crowded day. Not much to post regarding painting, as I haven't been at my brushes in a few days. Horrible light this week unfortunately. So for your enjoyment I will share a photo I took at the museum. Visually entertaining and looks different from all angles. Hopefully I will soon be back to my brushes.
"I decided to fly through the air and live in the sunlight and enjoy life as much as I could." - Evel Knievel
Got the news a couple of days ago that one of my paintings from my newest "Measure" series will be included in North Light Books Splash 17: Inspiring Subjects! I am elated! Look for it July 2016. Also you can pre-order Splash 16: Exploring Texture from Amazon. But there's more! Friday I received the news that my painting was accepted into Northwest Watercolor Society's 75th International Open Exhibition. Check my Events page for info.
So today I met with two friends at the museum and we spent an enjoyable day taking in the latest exhibit "Van Gogh to Rothko". Then we had lunch and finished by perusing the rest of the museum looking for new items we hadn't seen before. One of my favorite parts of the day was when we stopped and made little wire sculptures. For your enjoyment, I have posted a photo. Mine is on the far right. I call it "Yoga Class: A Self Portrait". Were we the only adults taking part? Not in the least. The "draw your own selfie" wall was quite popular. We also enjoyed leaving a "fish story" for all to enjoy in another part of the museum. We also enjoyed the "blue painting" in the modern section. Spend some time there for sure...you'll understand it even better a little later. The lady who strode by and told us she could make one for us for $20...well, that was just a smile-maker. Great day, great friends. Back to my brushes.
"We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun." - William Glasser
The opening reception for the American Watercolor Society's 148th Annual International Exhibition opens today in NYC! Wish I could be there; but look forward to seeing photos of the event soon. I am delighted that my painting "The Second Measure" is on display at this year's event. It is both a still life and a neoteric portrait. In this series, I have completed seven paintings. The evolution of the subject matter has become much more colorful over time and I changed my palette after the second painting. (No, the one exhibited at AWS is actually the first painting of the series). The title is a musical reference that refers to the "offbeat" if you are wondering. But that is much as I will reveal today. Back to my brushes.
"Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful." A. R. Ammons
Okay I have fixed the link to "The Container Store" so that it goes directly to the correct page for the paint storage system that I wrote about in June of 2014 (Archives). I note that they now have it photographed with paint tubes. Anyway, I painted for 12 hours today and I am totally exhausted. I tried to watch a new art documentary but slept through Raphael and Michelangelo. How is that possible? Interesting fact for Good Friday....Raphael was born on Good Friday and died on Good Friday. Weird right? Back to my brushes.
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." - Winston Churchill