Face-to-Face

I love these people!  Thank you, Loretta, for dancing Latino with me as we waited for start time.  Not certain why I was so surprised by your moves…you felt the beat at your core.  Good to speak with you about my daughter…about MoMo.  I treasure you.

On Friday afternoon, I had opportunity to facilitate again for create! in the East Village.  Today, it was all about frontal noses…about the expression of lips.  The group is so willing to explore.  They achieved great things although I had not even demonstrated tinting and shading…or even painting the face…I just drew on my brand new newsprint pad. (something I am very excited to have!)

Marion contributed a pad of card stock paper to our program.  We love donations such as this!  Wonderful!

Irving, D Rae and Marion all completed their landscapes this week.  Gertrude committed to completing her eyes from last week!  I feel so overcome by the commitment and the warm hearts of the painters at the Golden Age Club.  I am blessed by the experience!

Good to meet you, Alex…to learn that you analyze and that you are working on conceptual works almost all of the time.  It was fun to watch you leave your current work, to play and to add the texture of acrylic paint to your playful coloured ink marks.  A release and a letting go…and no, your mark making did not remind me of A. A. Milne, but of David Milne.  And yes, I also feel awed by Albrecht Durer’s work, especially the Young Hare.  In fact, I once completed a drawing when I couldn’t sleep…worked from his rabbit as a reference.

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Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Durer

Middle-of-the-night sketching.

Middle-of-the-night sketching.

Facing the blank page, Margaret, is terrifying.  Good for you…for making the first mark.

P1150663 P1150664P1150677P1150696 A little blending of your flesh tones, Linda, and there will be some unity created and don’t forget the iris!

P1150669P1150689 P1150674One year, my grade nine students used to hang about the art room over the lunch hour.  They would take turns sitting in the window’s light and I would paint  portraits.  It was fun to share these with my class of portrait artists.

Irving carries through with a number of horizon lines, to develop his landscape piece.P1150679 D Rae adds the foreground tree to the right, to give his landscape piece, compositional balance.P1150680 Gertrude completes a second eye after announcing last week that she wouldn’t be able to do this.  It was just too complicated. P1150682Marion adds a touch of ultramarine in the central sky in order to create unity and a colour story.  She adds some warmth into the area behind the trees and thinks about the light at sunset, bathing the ground in warmth.

P1150683 Gary paints blue. P1150685 P1150686 P1150690 P1150691 P1150692 P1150693 Loretta…utter joy.  While suffering multiple strokes might bring some people down, this lady is a tower of strength and is all about positivity, gratitude and fortitude. Her landscape was also completed this week…such a dancing dappled sense of light.

P1150697Thank you for joining us this week, Jennifer. Your questions about ‘likeness’ and rules to portraiture were challenging to me.  What fun!

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