Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Arthouse Sketchbook

"I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous, everyone hasn't met me yet." ~Rodney Dangerfield

Finally got another page in. Muse tempting me tonight?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Hues Fine Art And Gift Gallery

I am scheduled to volunteer Saturday November 28th
and Saturday December 26th
from 11am-2pm. See you then!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Life Last Night

Ashley was beautiful as usual. Nice group attended last night as Patrick was in town from his current location of Rio. It was very good to see him again. Hoping he doesn't stay away so long. David came too. Been about 6 weeks since he's attended the Tuesday group. I was able to fall into my work and stretch my experience with oil pastels. Still a ways to go. Full pose is quite difficult without a point on the pastels. Able to get much cleaner drawing when cropping the pose. The evening was over much too soon and with upcoming holiday it will be two weeks till next group.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Mom took us to a show Sunday. Another local event, for me anyway. Couple sisters and sister in laws came in from Naperville for a dinner and show. It was a wonderful production, with a great group of local ladies who did fabulously in song and dance. It would be very nice to get out to more events, filling that inspirational well. Hardly had a moment to talk with my sisters as there was some distance and lots of chatter during intermission. Afterwards got caught us in short reminiscing with Sister Mary Leo, a great partner in the art appreciation programs of Yorkville school district I had chaired. Got out to cars and my family hadn't missed me a bit. Hmmm. Darlene brought us all Thanksgiving bouquets and they were wondering where the extra flowers came from. It was a good day followed up with a nice visit to cousin Laura to pick up mat board she purchased for me. Some herbal tea and sketchbook chat. Like I took a day off!

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I've been meaning to share this pix and many others. The fields of corn across from my property. Many stages have passed since I captured this state. Seemingly impermeable in my mind. I've been watching the ladies dance and for some time it had been a magnificant chorus line as they took to the winds in unison and stretched arms and legs exquistitely. Now, they've been windblown stark dry and seem to be exhausted as their limbs are splayed in many directions. Across the street they've been harvested. Stunted lengths of ankles and knees will be subject to winter's harshness. I can now see the neighbors farm across the street. It must be time for new friends. I miss the old ones though.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Arthouse Sketchbook and Acrylic Study

I worked again last night on acrylic painting and carried it a bit further. Intended to work more this evening but backed up with business aspects. My photos , taken at vet clinic are pretty bad as the flash distorts the view, but an impression is here.

Another page in my way too far behind vanity sketchbook. Camera kept flashing and colors receded.But another page it is! More Danger to come!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chroma Interactive Acrylics

Ronnie brought her acrylic samples and brushes and paper to play with to figure drawing tonight. Smooth beginning, not sure if I'll head back into completing. Brought home a palette, stored in the fridge. Timely application? Group all trying new media and didn't want to continue this pose, but start over. My second one is blech!

And my dearest friend Adrian painted me a gift rather than the model. I saw that he was furiously busy across the room rather than at my side. I was so surprised at his gift. It will come in very handy come those bleak February days. Thank you Adrian!

Holiday Fine Art Show and Sale

OK. I've spent far too much time searching for a program to crop pictures. Maybe tomorrow. I've got three pieces in the Holiday Show at Naperville Art League. Can't make the Opening Reception or Open House, but hoping it's a sucessful show with enough advertisement to bring public in.

Looks a little better cropped?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Solo Classical Guitar Concert

So many little issues with computer. Still not cropping, had a hard enough locating these photos after scanning them. I had looked forward to this afternoon concert and was not at all disappointed. (Well... I didn't get time in the weekends sun and warmth with too much blocked out in my weekend schedule.)I am so very tired from constant commitment week after week after week after week. Having had my vacation time in the hospital last February...which was the last time I had two days without at least two jobs. So as the concert started out with early classical, I had a hard time not falling into major relaxed mode. It was an hour of sheer listening bliss, for free, 15 minutes from home. I am grateful the faculty of the Fox River Academy of Music and Art arranged this program to introduce new faculty to aspiring students and welcomed the public. Thank You!
P.S. After numerous attempts to add a link's in the sidebar.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


I know I've shown this before, but this oil pastel of Gerry I framed up for the holiday show at La Grange Art League. Now I have the week to prep some work for Naperville Art League's Holiday Show. Deadlines. Picked up a couple frames at Goodwill this afternoon. Haven't started transformation as I spent some time cleaning up after Captain's latest shredding of cat beds... stuffing everywhere! Transplanting some plants from my sis Darlene who works with Schafer's Greenhouse. So much to do, some of the gutters cleaned, some of the leaves mulched, If only I had a weekend like other people with 2 full days off, life would quickly change.