Thursday, May 29, 2008

Drawing Skills

You know, having the ability to draw has served me well through the years. I first made and sold felt cut outs of my school mascot in grade school and later in high school I made posters and sold them. When my children were in school I would draw images for their reports and help in the school plays by designing and painting the sets. I have a friend who is a surgical nurse and she is going in for back surgery. She requested that I draw the the three wise monkeys on her back "see no evil, speak no evil, and hear no evil". This is one of the most outlandish requests I have had but I figured, what the heck! I think they look quite hilarious! I am sure the surgical team will get a kick out of them as well.

Good luck Nancy, I will be thinking of you :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

En plein air

Hooray! Today I made my first outing of the summer to paint. I joined a group of local artists at a plant nursery this morning for some En plein air painting. En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air", and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. I am a member of a group that paints outdoors every Wednesday morning during the summer. This is a great group of artists and a wonderful opportunity to join together in the security of a group.

If you have not experienced painting outdoors I highly recommend it. There is noting quite like spending some time outdoors in a beautiful location painting. This is the painting I did this morning. It is quite small, only about 8x6 inches. I thought I should start small till I got back into the grove. I am just pleased as punch to be out painting again!