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Bluebells

Bluebells J and L and MWe go to the Dog Park almost every morning and for the last week or so the Bluebells have been blooming along the path by the river leading to the park.  It’s beautiful.

Of course my “kids” like to take a look and a sniff and sometimes they aren’t so gentle so flowers get smushed.   So yesterday when they trampled some I picked them up and put them in a vase when we got home and took them to art class.

 

Bluebells

Bluebells

This is the little painting that I did inspired by the Bluebells.  They are happy, sweet little flowers.

Wrigley Field Home of the Chicago Cubs

Wrigley Field
Home of the Chicago Cubs

Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, turns 100 today.

When asked last year while I was painting the Kickstarter project – Painted Diamonds what is my favorite ball park to go see a ball game I said Wrigley Field.  If you haven’t been there you really have to go if you like baseball.  It’s a ball park – not a stadium.  It has an intimate feel about it.  According to where you sit you may have to lean around posts to see.  I love Wrigley.  It’s a great old park.

Happy Birthday Wrigley!

Diebenkorn's Ocean Park 67

Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park 67

Diebenkorn's Interior with Book

Diebenkorn’s Interior with Book

Born in 1922, Richard Diebenkorn became a well-known figure in the 20th Century Art World known for his Abstract Expressionistic paintings.   His landscape and figurative works are very interesting and influenced by Matisse whom he studies.  He is most well-known for his abstract series Ocean Park.

Diebenkorn died on March 30, 1993.

Painting kept in an attic for 30 years because the owner did not like it has turned out to be the work of Sir Winston Churchill. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1054563/Unloved-Winston-Churchill-painting-dumped-attic-30-years-sell-150-000-auction.html#ixzz2zTM9aPJM

Painting kept in an attic for 30 years because the owner did not like it has turned out to be the work of Sir Winston Churchill.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1054563/Unloved-Winston-Churchill-painting-dumped-attic-30-years-sell-150-000-auction.html#ixzz2zTM9aPJM

I love to read stories about people who came to painting late in life or people who are known for one thing and then become painters.  Winston Churchill was such a person.  I have read several books about his work as an artist and how he felt about painting.

In his essay, Painting as a Pastime,  published in The Strand Magazine in December 1921 and January 1922, he says, ” I do not presume to explain how to paint, but only how to get enjoyment. Do not turn the superior eye of critical passivity upon these efforts.  Buy a paint-box and have a try.  If you need something to occupy your leisure, to divert your mind from your daily round, to illuminate your holidays, do not be too ready to believe that you cannot find what you want here.”  

Woodland Scene Near Mimizan by Winston Churchill

Woodland Scene Near Mimizan by Winston Churchill

Churchill was an avid painter and encouraged others to try.  He often said it was a  hobby that kept the “Black Dog”, what he called depression, away.

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Winston Churchill Painting

Winston Churchill Painting

The Marlborough Tapestries at Blenheim by Winston Churchill

The Marlborough Tapestries at Blenheim by Winston Churchill

Flowers by Winston Churchill

Flowers by Winston Churchill

If you watched the video interview from yesterday’s blog you heard Bush mention that he gathered some inspiration from the essay by Winston Churchill,  “Painting as a Pastime”.  First published in The Strand Magazine in 1921/22  Churchill writes about coming to painting later in life and the enjoyment of it.  Here is one of my favorite excerpts from it:

“Just to paint is great fun.  The colours are lovely to look at and delicious to squeeze out.  Matching them, however crudely, with what you see is fascinating and absolutely absorbing.  Try it if you have not done so – before you die.  As one slowly begins to escape from the difficulties of choosing the right colours and laying them on in the right places and in the right way, wider considerations come into view.”     

More about Churchill tomorrow.

 

Blair by George W. Bush

Blair by George W. Bush

Putin by George W. Bush

Putin by George W. Bush

Most of you know that I came to painting later in life.  I was almost 30 before I ever started.  A week or so ago I saw an interview that was most interesting about another painter that started after retirement.  He was 65 before he picked up a brush. And no matter your politics this is an interesting story for many reasons.  He said he was looking for something that would “fill the last chapters of his life and fill the extra space in his time and open his mind”.   “A whole new world opened up when he picked up a brush”, he said.   This new painter is President George W. Bush who is having his first show at his Presidential Library.  He has painted portraits of many world leaders with whom he has worked.   What I find most interesting is that after only two years of painting he has challenged himself to painting this show.  For those of you who paint you will understand.

Take a look at this interesting interview last week on the Today Show where he discusses the show and gives a tour of his studio.

CAM07584The kids painted a lovely landscape yesterday in class.  Madeline and Mason are new to painting with me and they are doing fabulous work!  Good job!