.Actually, we have plenty of space... it's just that a lot of it is in the wrong place.
At 2:30 this afternoon the outside temperature was 26. I think that
means it was in the 30's in my basement art studio. I was too lazy to
check. That also means I haven't been "at the easel" all week... except
for the easel at my friend's instructional studio class.
At least I made some progress there! The town scape is looking more plausible, but still funky.
The mama and baby sheep are, similarly, more realistic, but still funny. (Maybe funky, too). I see several places I want to adjust... but they need GOOD light... if not natural light, then at least BRIGHT light.
And I don't really feel like working with pastels (which are upstairs in the warm cozy eat-in-kitchen/dining area).
So maybe I'll invest in an indoor-outdoor carpet or tarp and heave the big easel upstairs...
OR (This would be a BIG project)
Make my tiny upstairs guest room/office into an art studio. Might have to put my yarn stash in closed containers, though. Yarn and oil paint do NOT mix.
Downsizing is better in theory than reality. At least if you are a crafty artist hoarder.
Believe it or not these are FULL COLOR digital photographs taken at 2:15
this afternoon. And a mere half hour later, the flakes coming down are
bigger, whiter and faster. The snow on the right side of the stairs has come since last night. The left side includes still-remaining snow from earlier in the week.
The view from my semi-cozy office. No birds or squirrels out today!
Remember when you were little and took music lessons? And hoped that you could do a week's worth of practicing the day before (or the day OF) your lesson? Well, with the Olympics on TV, it turns out I've reverted to that same procedure when it comes to my studio painting time. Drat.
Well, at least I got some painting done today.
I corrected some of the color fields in my Mama and Lambie sheep, although as always, when I see it on screen, I can see plenty of places where they still need some help!
I also got out what I thought was a totally failed pair of paintings I started several years ago. Since working with the Perspective Policewoman Paula M, I could see where I had gone astray. Really astray.
I mixed up some "street" colored paint and at least got these houses relatively lined up, and then re-roofed most of them.
MUCH improved, in my opinion! There are still decisions to be made about how stylized and abstract to make this... and what more to do with the watery reflections. But still... I don't think any of my new New England Painting buddies have seen any of their peers paint anything this crazy. I wonder if I'll have nerve to show it to them in person!
Having learned the limits of our walking and viewing attention spans, after a full day of Model Railroad Expo, we explored a bit more of Springfield.
The street lights on Memorial Bridge still seemed to have illuminated celestial halos. They were very attractive.
It took us a while to find the Springfield Museums quad, even with the GPS. Springfield is the second largest city in Massachusetts after Boston. One of its founding family had a strong sense of community and civic pride and deeded a large parcel of land for cultural organizations: The Museum of Springfield History, an Art Museum, A Seuss memorial plaza and another building for special exhibits.
We enjoyed the art exhibit called "Intent to Deceive." There were forgeries and side by side examples of "real" and "fake" works by Matisse, Modigliani, Raphael and others. Most forgers seemed to start forging because they couldn't sell their own works. One fellow who was actually honest about painting "copies" was quite successful (especially after having gotten caught, served time in a London prison, and then going straight). The ones who tried fooling auction houses and collectors didn't fare so well.
The Art Museum's collection represented many very well known artists. The poster of the peasant girl above (and the painting itself) was larger than life.
It was overcast and the light was bland, but I did like the patterns of the column, brick arch and wrought iron gate.
A contemporary sculpture by Phillip Kitchens.
A nifty marquetry bench by the elevator.
If you click on the image below and embiggen it, you can get a brief history of the museum. I'm glad I took this picture BEFORE I went in to look at the forgeries because it was all covered with snow by the time I came out.
Theodore Geisel was one of several well known artists who spent a long time in Springfield. Below is a bronze statue of The Lorax. Horton, the Who, the Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two were nearby..
I don't remember which book the fanciful shrine/pagoda represented.
Each room had a theme. There were American Paintings, Impressionist Paintings, and so on. I wasn't famiiar with Dwight Tryon, but I liked his impression of an October Sunset.
I couldn't decide whether the Lady or the Cat looked crabbier. The overall image struck me funny.
There was quite an impressive collection of relatively modern work. The room is apparently often used for lectures and demonstrations. Some of the artists were "old favorites" even if I wasn't familiar with these particular paintings, and others were new.
I was quite taken with John Grillo's Odalisques. He was apparently associated with the Pioneer Valley and influenced by the Fauvists... (no wonder I liked this!)
Seeing paintings is person is SO informative. Below is Helen Frankenthaler's "Cave." It was HUGE. Even if you see it in a giant coffee table book, it's not the same as having it fill your entire field of vision.
There were some mischievous construction paper dogs cut out by Keith Haring.
And a classic oil painting by John Singer Sargent... While his portraits are probably best known and most loved, after seeing his water colors of European rock quarries, I realized I had learned to appreciate his skill at defining three dimensional space on a flat surface.
There was also an inviting atmospheric pastoral landscape by George Inness.
Last month Dear Husband and I went to the Amherst Railway Society Model Railroad show at the "Big E" in Springfield, Massachusetts along with 25,230 other people. It seems to me that most of them were middle-aged men who were as awestruck as grade school kids at DisneyWorld for the first time. There WAS a lot to see.
There was a bridge to nowhere.
There were miniature buildings with amazing details. (note the variation in window shades in the warehouse on the left.
I caught a train rushing by. I came to appreciate the videos of model train layouts.
Some layouts had all the details covered... although the one below had a gap in the sky. Since the layouts were assembled in units about the size of a card table, it wasn't too surprising.
Some of the layouts were more than 90 feet on a side. Some were displayed by Model RR associations or clubs, some by individuals and some by accessory manufacturers. Most people had specialized interests. There were men who just liked switching the trains from track to track, backing them up, hitching and unhitching the cars from the locomotives.
Others liked trains from the Era of Steam. Others liked trains and scenery from a particular era. It seemed that the 30's and 50's were popular. (Probably the boyhood decades of many of the attendees!) Some liked urban settings and others liked more rural ones.
I liked the non-train set up of the camper, pick up truck and track-side building.
Most manufacturers specialized in what they sold. There were two huge exhibitions of track-side lights, flashers and warning signals. These days, they actually have LED illumination, and some have sound as well.
For $24.00 I could have had a shepherd, flock of sheep AND a wolf.
I've seen x-rated sets of figures before, but I couldn't figure out what was naughty about the depot (?) below. and it was behind a plexiglass barrier, so I didn't ask for details. Some of those RR guys are probably "old goats," or "dirty old men."
The green and white two tone car ("Shove it or Leave it) reminded me of the car I drove in high school. I'd definitely want one if DH decides to build a layout. Some folks model their layouts after real locations, while others invent towns and cities.
After my feet got tired, I found a chair and sat and sketched. The good thing about this venue is that people tended to stop and look at stuff, which gave me a better chance with gesture drawings.