Here is the painting that I mentioned yesterday without the clouds. What do you think?
This painting I did as a sample for an upcoming private Paint Party. I did two versions, one a little darker than the other. Later I took the cloud out of the 2nd one to show options. I will have to share a photo of that tomorrow as I forgot to take a photo.
Just completed this commission pet portrait of Debo-the Pit Bull, acrylic on canvas, 12″x12″. The owner loved it. :-)
While at the National Gallery this week we got to see an interesting exhibit by Gustave Caillebotte. He is one of the least known of the Impressionist painters not because his work is not worthy of recognition but because he didn’t sell his work. He was independently wealthy and didn’t need to sell.
According to the exhibit information “Caillebotte established himself as an artistic force in the group, as well as a vital organizer who helped curate and finance their exhibitions. During his brief career he also became a significant patron, amassing a collection of more than seventy works, including masterpieces by Degas and Renoir as well as Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, and Alfred Sisley.”
Check out more about this exhibit here.
Here are more photos of the behind the scenes visit at the National Gallery of Art on Tuesday. We saw Degas, Monet, Renoir, Morrisot, and Cezanne drawings and pastels that are not on display but in the archives there. It was a rare and wonderful experience. (See yesterday’s post here for more info.)
Tomorrow I will share the very interesting exhibit we saw by Gustave Caillebotte.
Yesterday morning we had a wonderful opportunity to go behind the scenes at the National Gallery of Art and visit with Gregory Jecman, Associate Curator of Old Master Prints and Drawings. He pulled some drawings and pastels by Degas, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, and Morrisot that we were allowed to examine up close. It was a rare experience.
We were amazed to see the detail of the work so close up. The National Gallery offers many programs like this that a free for the asking as long as you make an appointment in advance. For art lovers it is a must! Here are the wonderful Degas’ and a Renoir that we saw yesterday. There was so much to see that I will share the other things we saw in the next few days.
There is a new trend that has been gaining momentum for a little while now – Coloring Books for Adults. We are finding that coloring relieves stress and helps to focus the mind. We started “Coloring & Cocktails” at The Studio a few months ago and it’s a terrific time to slow down for a couple of hours and relax and color among friends…both old and new.
Join us each 4th Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 and color! Come see what the fuss is all about. Check out more info here.
(You can read more about Coloring in the national news here.)