This cast iron rooster is a favorite of mine. I picked a couple of garlic cloves with which to pose him. I like the juxtaposition of organic against man-made; though poultry isn't man-made, this miniature certainly is.
Autumn is cooling off. Great day for painting, lit the wood stove and cranked the music. Thanks for looking.
I have amassed a number of interesting props with which to teach the concepts of linear perspective, including this Brownie camera. I use wrapped gifts, cereal boxes; toy chairs and houses, spice boxes, and a host of interesting rectangular vases.
When I teach linear perspective; it can get a little "mathy" which is not a problem for me as that is my avocation. However, turns out my challenge is to discern the line (pun intended) between too mathy and just right when describing the process to my painting students.
When my teen-aged daughter has a day off which coincides with my painting class, she loves to accompany me; paint, and sometimes advise. Recently, she said to me after class, 'Mom, you had them all at "parallel", lost a couple at "perpendicular", but you have to draw the line at "orthogonal"! ' So, there's the virtual line... somewhere between parallel and perpendicular. See it? I do, now.
Took my class painting to Donna Green's Farm in Marshfield. She runs the Magical Moon Foundation, providing wonderful support to children with cancer. The grounds were abuzz with thirty volunteers from EMD Serono, raking, cleaning, organizing, planting; while we painted. Fabulous day.
While painting by the lighthouse on Monhegan one solitary, foggy morning this summer, I met an engaging twenty-something woman who had just hiked up that steep hill. I admired her Rockwell Kent T-shirt, Moby Dick, I think. We struck up a conversation and I learned that she was Rockwell Kent's great-granddaughter, on a day trip as part of her quest to follow in his footsteps. She spent a great day seeing the houses he built, and visiting the museum where they showed her the works in the archives donated by Kent himself. You meet the most interesting people painting! Adjacent is my painting from that morning.
This is one of my favorites; from our great friend Natalie's yard in South Bristol Maine. I showed it to a group of 7th/8th grade students at our school today when I made a guest appearance as a drawing teacher to give them some pointers for their project journals. I did a demo, showing them contour drawing, gesture drawing, how to draw the negative space, and to use directional lines.. then split them into groups and had them rotate every 5 minutes. The kids were fantastic!! Great fun, and nice to wear a different hat than my math teacher one.
My painting students work very hard. Part of their education includes learning how to frame, exhibit, and talk about their work. They have an exhibit at the Pembroke Public Library, (in MA); opening tomorrow night, October 3rd, at 7pm.
The museum at Pemaquid is lovely just before the sun drops; actually, lovely most of the time. I enjoyed standing just above the gorgeous Pemaquid rocks and surf, listening while painting and racing against the descending sun. I hear and feel the surf when I look at this painting.