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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.

 

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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!

CAM07564A few days ago I posted Geraniums in the Window (see it here) and said that I needed to touch it up a little  more.  I did that last night.  I darkened the shadow under the window and added some texture to the wall.  Also, I hit the flowers with a little more light.  Now it’s finished.

CAM07541 CAM07547As promised here is the Cotton Hat crochet -2-.  This is a simple, basic pattern that can be changed easily using different stitches.  For example I have used a V-stitch on the main part of the hat on these before.  Feel free to change it up.

Also, I have added a “Crochet page” to my blog.  You will now see a tab at the top of the page that will take you to a tab that shows some of the crochet work I have done and many of them have patterns.  Thanks for asking for them.

Mona_Lisa,_by_Leonardo_da_Vinci,_from_C2RMF_retouchedBorn on April 15, 1452, Leonardo da Vinci was truly a “Renaissance” man.  Primarily known as a painter, he was also a mathematician,  sculptor,  scientist, musician, engineer, architect, writer, botanist and the list goes on.

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Design for a Flying Machine

He painted the most famous portrait of all time, The Mona Lisa, as well as the most reproduced religious painting, The Last Supper.  There was a renewed interest in many of his drawings and inventions because of a book/movie released a few years ago – The Da Vinci Code.

He is an intriguing figure to study.  You can learn more about him here.

IMG_20140414_075357I had a customer suggest that I make some of the crocheted hats in cotton yarn for the summer.  Here is a start.  And I wrote the pattern out too. I will post it tomorrow along with the new Crochet page with other patterns.

Notice the variations in the three  hats shown here.  They all use the same pattern but using a different stitch for a couple of them.  It’s fun to play around with the pattern so feel free to do your own thing.