Wednesday, March 30, 2011

LACMA "Fashioning Fashion" and some sketches...

At the Resnick Pavilion, LACMA had three fabulous shows. Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700–1915, Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico, and the Art of the Sensual. They have all closed now, but I went a number of times to see the exhibits and take photos for possible reference. The photo above is one that I took while at Fashioning Fashion; I have no idea how those dresses survived that era so fabulously.

I haven't completed any new paintings, but I have been plugging away at my sketches. What surprises me is that sometimes sketches will work out that I hadn't expected to and sometimes ones that I expected to be epic fails end up looking okay. I am still doing other sketches as prep work for paintings, but it's an interesting exercise, focusing on sketching consistently on one subject.

Anyway, here are the sketches:

3_18_11/48, 49 3_22_11/50, 51
3_22_11/52 3_23_11/53, 54, 55
3_24_11/56, 57, 58 3_25_11/59
3_25_11/60, 61 3_29_11/62 3_30_11/63, 64

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pink Saucer Magnolia Flowers and sketches...

This is my newest painting, it is of two pink saucer magnolia flowers, one just beginning to bloom and the other very open. Untitled as of yet, it is an original acrylic painting on canvas that measures 11x14.

The tsunami/earthquake in Japan has filled me with such sadness. I very rarely watch the news, but for some reason I was watching as it hit and I saw the ocean engulf the land with such power. I could not believe what I saw. I still am full of shock and disbelief when I think about it.

I am a bit behind in my sketches, but I'm hoping to catch up by next week.

3_1_11/32, 33 3_2_11/34, 35
3_3_11/36, 37 3_7_11/38, 39
3_8_11/40, 41 3_9_11/42, 43
3_11_11/44, 45 3_16_11/46, 47