Tuesday, November 3, 2015

With his Back to the Window - Part 1

I went to my first Zumba class in a couple of years last night.

Little guy: "You looked ridiculous, mom."

Me: "Was it just me or did everyone look ridiculous?"

Little guy: "Everyone looked ridiculous."

Me: "OK, then I was doing just fine."

Whew! Good thing that as I get older I don't take the things my kids so so seriously without digging just a tad deeper.

I started working on a new piece. The artist we're studying in the class I'm taking is Max Beckmann. I'd never heard of him, but his story is incredibly compelling. He did a number of self portraits and I'm working on a looser impression of one of his self portraits. My goal with this one is not to work on matching his painting stroke and technique-wise, rather to explore the emotions being conveyed and explored.

I watched a couple of hours of coursework this evening before beginning this, so I don't have a lot to show...yet.

The last few paintings I've done (this one included) have been on canvases given to me by my mother recently. She is an amazing artist and painted a lot during my childhood. It was with mixed emotion that I accepted these canvases. This girl always loves some free art supplies, but accepting these also symbolized an end of my mother's painting. I hope she enjoys what I'm doing with them.

I started by doing a quick charcoal sketch.
There's a lot that will be "corrected" during
the painting stage.

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  1. I think the greatest compliment you can give your mom is to use what she has given you. She must be proud of your devotion to painting and, of course, to your family and wonderful profession. Bet she's got a smile on her face right now!

    1. She's very proud and definitely one of my biggest fans.