It's the last class before our long holiday break. Only the hardy braved today's snowstorm to attend, but it was certainly worth the trip. We had a wonderful time! And our paintings reflect the joy of the season—full of laughter and color and fun...well, actually, people and Christmas wishes and cats.
Our festive paintings and drawings feature people we love—and, of course, there's Ken's traditional Christmas card, featuring cats he loves. Not to mention Susan's upcoming calendar. Yes, she's got twelve Pat-couture paintings—enough for a calendar. And the traveling skirt has inspired her to go back and add "traveling Pat" backgrounds to her paintings. In keeping with the ensemble, of course. So explorer Pat is exploring near a lighthouse; she's visiting Pisa and the pyramids (in her Egypt coat, natch); she's at a disco and even floating overhead. Look below and join the fun!
Artist of the day. We were almost outnumbered today by books and artists in our library. But what a collection! Our library table featured:
- James Castle. Many of us saw his wonderful show at the Art Institute. An outsider artist without formal training, he used found materials to create some absolutely amazing paintings and drawings featuring things like soot and spit.
- Hollis Sigler. Again, many of us attended her retrospective. She's a Chicago artist who painted exuberant, colorful paintings about her struggle with breast cancer.
- Peggy Macnamara. Another Chicago artist. She's artist in residence at the Field Museum and Ken's favorite watercolorist. Loved her paintings of seasonal migratory birds. Drop by the Field Museum to see more.
- Susan Rothenberg. A contemporary artist, we love her strong and striking style and are especially enamored of her paintings of horses.
- Orchids. Steve brought in a brochure from the American Orchid Society featuring botanical art from the Ben Singer collection. Just beautiful! Worth joining the society just to get the member brochure.
Save the date. Well, we don't know the exact date yet, but Ken is having a show at Ten Cat sometime in January. Watch this space for further details—or watch Ten Cat's windows!
Happy Holidays! Hearkening back to our first painting, Ken, the three wise cats, and all of us wish you a wonderful holiday season that extends into the new year and beyond. We thank you for dropping by and wish you a year of health, happiness, color and magic. We look forward to seeing you on January 18.