Posts Tagged ‘Painting’

More Chicago

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Some other paintings I enjoyed at the Art Institute of Chicago last week were Claude Monet’s “Wheatstacks(End of Summer)”


Camille Pissarro’s ” Haymaking at Eragny”


HaymakingAtEragniand Mary Cassatt’s “La Toilet” and “Woman Reading in a Garden”.Cassatt2Cassatt

I couldn’t get photos of everything I liked at the Art Institute, there were SO many!  The paintings, the antiquities, the furnishings, the sculpture!!
Too much to fit into one visit, if I lived there I would be a member for sure, and spend a day or more at a time in each exhibit!


Monday, May 23rd, 2016

We spent last week in Chicago and I only had my phone so didn’t even try to post. I decided that it would be a good time to put my laptop in for a tuneup while we were gone, and it does seem to be running faster.

One day we went to the Art Institute of Chicago. There were no quilts, but I found an appliqued Samuri vest


and a weaving which could inspire a half-square triangle quilt.


It was fun to see the original paintings of some of the works we studied in Art History, such as Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jette”. It’s huge! 7×10′;


one of Vincent van Gogh’s “Self Portrait”s (wonderful brushwork),


Paul Gauguin’s Mahana Aucun Atua Finland”.


I’ll show you more later!

Planting Trees and Painting People

Friday, April 8th, 2016

This morning I cannot get my email on AOL. I can get online so I will see if I can post here.

Yesterday’s watercolor class was ok, But I am not satisfied with my first effort at portrait painting. It is soaking in a tray of water so I can scrub it out and try again. No point in keeping a bunch of failures around!

We got the trees planted, a Pear and an Apricot. That makes a nice addition to the two Apple trees, a Peach, a Cherry and two Plum trees we already had. I’m not sure about the two Blueberries I planted last year. One looks dead but the other may have buds. The Blackberry and Raspberry plants look good – fingers crossed for no fruit flies this year. I got my first tick on tree planting day!


Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Last week in my watercolor painting class we were supposed to do flowers.

I found a photo that I took several years ago of Zinnias with a Giant Swallowtail butterfly in one of my gardens and thought it might be a good choice. On Tuesday I made a nice start.


On Thursday I continued, adding more layers of color. I had planned on finishing it over the weekend, but did not find the time to do so. Monday I spent most of the day in town, so it didn’t happen then either.


I barely had time to prepare a drawing for Tuesday’s portrait painting class.  But we spent Tuesday’s class time looking at videos of excellent portrait painters working.  I really enjoyed that!  I’ve never tried to paint a portrait and I need all the help I can get!!  The plan for today is to try to paint something, but, among other things,  I also have to prepare and ship a quilt, plant two fruit trees and fertilize the roses!