Well, things are all topsy-turvy for us today—must be the hint of warmer weather to come that's shaken our little world. At any rate, we don't have any video today. The camera made the round of our circle, but nothing came out. Who knows why? Maybe we were too excited looking out the window for tree buds. Next week for sure.
And here's where we'd normally proudly show you our newbies' first plaids. Except none of our newbies came back today...with or without their plaids. They'll probably be back next week, but for now, it's time to move on to our paintings.
Except there's another surprise there—most of us concentrated on drawing rather than painting today. Strange, isn't it? Sure, many of the drawings were preparatory to painting, but it seems strange to see so much black, white and grey and so little color. It's just like looking out the window.
Let's get started. We do have some themes going....starting with travel. Here for instance, we have a Canadian and his cat (you know we had to get a cat in there somewhere), followed by a Canadian moose...
...yes, someone was skiing in Banff, as you can see below.
And here we move to a warmer clime. Here's a detailed architectural rendering of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Look at the perspective. And the golden dome is all watercolor....no glitter, no metallics...this is what happens when someone is a skilled color-mixer.
Isn't it strange how great minds seem to think alike? Here's more architecture...a little closer to home. We have a sketch, followed by a more fully developed watercolor from a sketch. Both are views from Chicago's own Marina City. So alive...reminds you of Georgia O'Keeffe's New York paintings, don't they?
And we're back to our drawing theme. We begin with sketches of fabric, followed by painted studies. Then we move to a carefully observed life painting of fabric. Can't you just see the folds?
And speaking of fabric, don't you just want to sink into the couch in this drawing? It made us suggest that John re-think his story...maybe make about a sofa....with people in a supporting role. Well, it's a thought!
We're always interested in people, as you know. From the disembodied feet in this "accidental" painting....
... to a merman and a little man. We meet the most interesting people in our world, don't we?
And there's more! We discussed gardens and flowers and Hawaii and calendars and more. There was even a theme on the "art library" table. Pat and Ken independently brought catalogues from shows we'd seen and loved...Gustave Moreau and Lee Bontecou. Very different shows, but each equally wonderful. Those books sparked a lot of reminiscing!
No "gettting to know you" session today, but we'll start next week. Tune in then. You'll be glad you did.