Friday, July 31, 2009
Of course, our instructor was always surprising us with different ways of approaching drawing, like the time we all had to stand and do a sort of chant thingy (I think it was supposed to open us up to the universe or something like that) and then she would say draw and we all would sit and draw whatever we would feel at that moment. Well, the one day I was a little late, we had an unexpected surprise! A male nude model. So, I come waltzing in and everyone is staring at me to see my reaction...me, totally clueless. I was just looking for a seat and table to crash at and when I looked up there was this totally naked guy facing me. I think I went totally white before every shade of red set in...
I immediately looked away and fumbled for my sketch pad and supplies, while my gal pal secretly laughed her ass off from across the room. I have never had a more uncomfortable day, this guy was some sort of yoga master and some of his positions were just way much more than I care to describe, who knew the body could contort to such positions! But, the best one was when he stood on his head... and gravity naturally took over...need I say more. And this guy kept facing me! This was a 4 hour class with breaks. And he could hold those positions forever. Actually, quite the feat!
But the most hilarious part was whenever we took breaks, he would put on his robe...loosely...and he would seek me out to have a conversation with. And all I could picture was the head stand...
School Daze Memories...I had many classes over the years with nude models and loved those classes. The human body is a masterpiece and every one is interesting...all shape, form, shadow, and light. It is a beautiful object to study, be it in clay, plaster, canvas, or paper. But I will always have fond memories of that first class. And smile!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
My tiny home is also my studio...I have easels and canvases, sculptures...supplies all over. You can tell an artist lives here. But I have the coolest antique and primitive furnishings to house all this "artist stuff." Oh sorry, off track, I think it is the head injury I received....
Yeah, I was going along with some "artist stuff" in hand and next thing I knew.. I went down...on my hardwood floor ( they don't call them hard for nothin'), everything flew out of my hands and scattered. I was too stunned to cry...I tripped over a cord...leave it to me!
I have assessed my injuries...and they are growing and changing colors as I write...left big tootsie, left elbow and left side of my aching head! Now for the right side..knee cap is more like a ball than a cap, left forearm and yes my left butt cheek...I am seriously thinking about planting my ass in a huge bowl of ice...I can barely sit...
Monday, July 27, 2009
Some more of my abstract work...The second image is a close-up. I love the texture. This is painted on illustration board with acrylics, gel medium, and a paste medium. I added some gold paint for no reason at all! I just like it.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
It was a rainy day here, in the Ohio Valley, but no one cared! And I wanted one of those paper hats, but never was able to go and get one made for me..don't those hat girls look darling! Hey, wait a minute, I need to continue painting my ladies and their hat series....
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
My Mom has been after me to get one, she has had cancer in both breasts at the same time...not related, thank God, and not related to her rectal cancer 2 years before...she is a champ!
About 5 years ago I had found a small lump, and was actually in a hospital bed waiting for the surgery and when the Dr came in to 'mark the spot' before the biopsy, it had magically disappeared! So, I got sent home. I thought hey, maybe it was a lifesaver that I swallowed that had lost it's digestive way! It has never returned and the mammies have grammed well ever since...so I wasn't worried about getting it done, since every year, everything was normal. Now this pain has been recurring and is uncomfortable...and tomorrow, I will have the mammogram.
I have not told my Mom any of this and she doesn't have a computer and "thank you very much" does not ever want one, so I know she will not be reading this, she is going to be 84 in a couple of weeks!...anyway, I am sure all is fine and just "growing pains." My Dad is a pretty good Guardian Angel...
The Lesson Today: Ladies...take the time, no matter how busy you think your life is...to get a regular mammogram.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Gawd...my photography skills are really lacking with these characters, photos do not do them justice. But who said life was fair!
The form for this clay guy is a burned out light bulb! Yep! I am into recycling...my BulbHeads. I use the bulb for the base and use paper clay, Fimo or some type of mache. I love how the whole expression can change with just a touch of my finger or tool. Notice, the one tooth at the top of his mouth! He has glittery sparkles and sealed for protection. He is dressed in some fufu Halloween garb!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
This gig is next week and a fun one where I will be painting with children, showing them all sorts of things they can do with paint and supplies..and I am sure I will pick up a thing or two from them! I hope to capture the event on film and to post some of their creations.
I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that the weather is good that day, this summer is very unpredictable around here!
Monday, July 13, 2009
But any-hoo, I did not realize my driver's license expired on my 50th. B-day, (the 25th. of May...Gemini Twin...(if one of us doesn't have it ...the other half does!!!).
So here is my story....Oh yeah, I flew to FL and no one checking my ID said anything...but wait till you try to buy a bottle of wine at WalMart...I was in the fast check-out lane..(and I am still apologizing to those behind me...another story), when the check-out cashier asked for my ID for the wine purchase...now come on folks, I am newly 50 yrs old and still getting asked for an ID, Give me a break!
Well... she called the manager, who was young enough to be my child, which I never had any (but that is beside the point), and he is sooo LOUD that I swear ( excuse the swearing, I am Catholic, God will punish me for it!!!) everyone in WalMart heard that my license had expired and he said I was committing a crime still driving around and could be arrested if they pulled me over...Okay, this little twirp started to get on my already frayed nerves...
Anyway..he said " WELL... she looks older than 21, if she looked younger, than we couldn't sell her the Shiraz".
Okay, now I am really insulted, you mean to tell me I don't look 21 anymore..that was worse than telling me I could go to jail for not renewing my driver's license...
The not so happy ending...I got my license renewed today and I hate the pic!!! Even the lady taking it said she liked me with the shorter hair...I had shorter hair and now it is just a few inches longer...
I need a cocktail. Care to join me...
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I was just in FL creating a new website for her www.lynneparrish.com. Check it out, she is a truly gifted woman. I also got her to start a blog http://lynneparrish.blogspot.com/!!! She is new to this so stop by and give her your thoughts! You will love her.
We still looks the same, Lynne with that fabulous super short hair and me now with longer hair. I always change my hair, from really long to short, this was when I was growing it out, I had it as short as hers!!!
Friday, July 10, 2009
The more things change, the more they remain... insane.
Michael Fry and T.Lewis, Over the Hedge, 05-09-04
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
I never knew that I could have different voices telling me "you got mail." So, now I have the late, great singer Barry White with that deep sexy voice saying "Hey Baby...now where you been Baby, you got mail" I have to tell ya, it always brings a smile, too fun!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
This award was created by Ces, in honor of her dear friend Bella to celebrate art, inspiration, friendship, sisterhood, sharing and caring. Please visit Ces' blog and read more about the award. This award is how I feel about all of you, you all deserve it! Thank you for being there and sharing the kinship!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
How funny to look back on these pictures...don't 'cha just love my costume??? My Mom still has my batons..and oh yeah, I can still twirl!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
2. I drive a VW Beetle and change the flowers (yeah, VW installed vases!!!) to go with the seasons/holidays.
3. On a good day, my weight will hit three digits. I need to eat more of those kettle-cooked potato chips...
Now to pass on the award to 7 others...