Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Martini Girls, Matisse, and Inglorious Bastards, etc.

Picked up my 4 paintings from St. Mark’s on Saturday and had a wonderful breakfast afterward at the Original Pancake House on Downer Avenue with Debbie, Marcia, Donna, Chuck and Debra. Then headed over to the Martini Girl’s gallery and finished the pastel of the Ballet Folklorico dancer. Would like to have the painting express more movement, so I still have to experiment with it—if it turns out, I will enter it into the Richeson 75 Portrait and Figure competition.

When I got home, Chuck and I finished cleaning up the back garden (thank goodness), but still haven’t planted the “Mops” golden cypress. Maybe next weekend.

Sunday Chuck and I had coffee with our neighbor, Rob on his patio. The weather was beautiful for awhile, then turned a little cold and it looked like it was going to rain, so we went inside and I spent some time on the computer, uploading images from my camera. Later on in the afternoon I made some chicken vegetable soup, then Kevin came over and brought “Inglorious Bastards” for us to watch. Good movie!
Monday, Chuck, Fred, Debbie, and I took the train down to the Art Institute in Chicago to see the Matisse exhibit. We walked from Union Station to the Art Institute (about 10 easy blocks), and stopped in a cafĂ©/bakery on the way and had some delicious coffee and a snack, then headed to our destination. While viewing the Matisse exhibit there, I got some good ideas about experimenting with acrylics—in particular, using some of the interference colors.  We had lunch on the patio at their very nice restaurant, but next time we’ll head downstairs to the cafeteria.

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