Archive for October, 2015
Born on this day in 1839 Alfred Sisley spent most of his life in France even though he was a British citizen. He is known as the most consistent of the impressionist painters as he felt that the style suited his needs and his work concentrated mainly on landscapes. Learn more about Sisley here.
Sisley’s “The Lane of Poplars at Moret” has been stolen three times from the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Nice – Once in 1978 when on loan in Marseille (recovered a few days later in the city’s sewers), once in 1998 (in which the museum’s curator was convicted of the theft and jailed for five years along with two accomplices) and in August 2007. On June 4, 2008, the French National Police recovered it and three other stolen paintings from inside a van in Marseilles, France. (From Wikipedia) You can see his complete works here.
Gretchen attends the Wednesday morning art class at The Studio where she does excellent work painting some beautiful scenes. Recently she has been working on this painting of her father-in-law shooting pool. He really enjoys playing and this painting captures that so well. Great work Gretchen. Keep up the good work.
Classes are held at The Studio on Wednesday and Thursday for adults and children. Check out more info here.
It’s World Series time. The game last night was great. Watching it made me think of the paintings I did for the Kickstarter project a few years ago – Painted Diamonds. I painted all 30 Major League Ballparks in 30 weeks. You can see and read more about that here.
Many of the paintings were sold during the project but Citi Field (Mets) and Kauffman Stadium (Royals) are still available. Fans interested in a unique piece of baseballl art contact kwalker@kellywalkerstudios for purchase information.
American artist Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York City on October 27, 1923, and grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In the 1960s, Lichtenstein became a leading figure of the new Pop Art movement. Inspired by advertisements and comic strips, Lichtenstein’s bright, graphic works parodied American popular culture and the art world itself. He died in New York City on September 29, 1997. Read more about him here.
For the past few Mondays I have been taking the Drawing 101 class offered at The Studio. It has been good to refresh drawing skills. Our instructor is young and enthusiastic. And the good news is she is going to continue to offer some drawing classes so we can continue to learn more.
These exercises have been for study of the basics. More to come.
Today we are remembering Sweet Boo. She was born on this day in 1990 and was a White German Shepherd that had been abandoned. We adopted her from our shelter years ago. We didn’t get her until she was 12 years old! I know, right? That’s old for a big dog. We brought her home in hopes of giving her nice couple of years. Instead, she gave us a nice couple of years.
She was such a sweet girl. We are so grateful to have had time with her. As a tribute to Boo I would encourage anyone thinking of adopting a pet to consider a senior. Older pets need good homes and they are often the best pet to bring into a busy household because they don’t need housebreaking and training. They just need love and companionship….and they give all of that and more back to you. Think about it.
So today we miss and celebrate sweet “Miss Boo- Bella Boobarina – Princess of Sweetness”!