oil on paper 16 x 20 inch
Last week I wrote about a visit to the Kendall Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. I was so inspired by Frederick Leighton's work I checked out some books at the library to learn more. I then found this image online of a portrait called Biondina, also by Leighton. The urge to paint a portrait was strong, so I am using Biondina as my guide.
This is still in progress, but these photos are the most current.
|detail of work in progress|
I added the checks to her clothing just this morning which was inspired by Edouard Vuillard's painting called Interior: Mother and Sister of the Artist in the image is below.
Interior: Mother and Sister of the Artist
Look! Morning Glories have sprouted! Fingers crossed there will be blooms this summer. I am worried though because the spot I planted the seeds in is a bit shady with dappled light. Hopefully those little dapples will be enough.
Above is the absolute best place to sit on the back patio.
This is part of the flowerbed I put in with the bench my son made. My dream is to have it FULL of flowers and all kinds of pretty. This year I put in a few perennials, but mostly seeds for Wildflowers, Sunflowers, Morning Glories and Hollyhocks for this year. If it doesn't take, then shade-loving plants it is.
When you're settling into a new place, it's all about creating spaces you want to BE in. The hammock makes a great spot to read...or nap. We had it at our old house and I was thrilled when my husband found a place to hang it at our new house. Our old property had 20 trees on it, this one has three, which makes it a bit challenging to hang a hammock.
Lastly, a shot of the studio the other day. The shelf on the desk is actually a CD shelf. The smallness of it and the multiple shelves make it awesomely useful. I use it to store supplies, or as an area to get things out of the way quickly, or to dry small works. It looks odd on the table, but it would have blocked a window on the floor. Plus it only cost $5 at an estate sale. :)
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!