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May 13, 2013

Mother's Day

I hope that Mothers everywhere had a wonderful Mothers' Day. 

Being a mother makes me so happy, and being a grandmother is equally wonderful. We have 3 adult children who we adore, and now 8 grandchildren (ages 7 mos to 9). 

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Our youngest child, Rachel, stayed at home to raise her 3 children after graduating from Columbia College and Columbia Business School.  When her youngest child started kindergarten, she started plans for a new business for online consignment and sale of designer furniture and home decor.  That business is now fully launched and we are all so proud of her.   

Please look at the website for Viyet and see what amazing things you can buy for your home or apartment - and you can now have it shipped throughout the United States.  Even if you are not ready to buy furniture, just look at the wonderful photography and enjoy the designs.

This weekend my husband and I cared for our youngest grandchild, and having him here over Mother's Day was a very special treat.  I got to give him his "just finished" hand quilted baby quilt, and yesterday we spent the afternoon walking him around Central Park.  The quilt colors were selected to match the colors in his room!

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He seemed to like it! 

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Taking care of a 7 month old Friday-Sunday while his Dad (in the gray shirt), Mom, and two big brothers went to Florida, meant that I had no time to finish my sketches.  I worked on a page of his favorite "chew toys," but never finished painting it.  But we had a wonderful time and my sketchbook will wait for another day!

May 9, 2013

April Bookbinding Project

I am exploring a different classic bookbinding structure each month in 2013.  My coptic, long stitch, and flag books can be seen here.

This month I made two accordion books using paste papers for the covers.  They measure approximately 5.5 X 7.5" and have two different kinds of paper for the concertina.  The first one I made has an 80 lb paper and the second one has 140 lb watercolor paper.

These Are the Front Covers:

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I typed out notes about accordion books and the methods that I used - and collaged them in Book 1.  Here you can see 6 pages of notes. 

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And here are several pages that I included regarding my methods. 

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This month I am going to make portfolios.  Although I usually draw and paint in handmade watercolor sketchbooks, I do have some loose paintings and would love portfolios in sizes that will be perfect for them.

May 6, 2013

Degas and the Impressionist and Modern Auctions

One of my favorite Spring and Fall Art Events is the Impressionist and Modern Art Auctions at Christie's and Sotheby's in New York City.  As was written in the New York Times last Friday, "Before the Gavel Falls, It's All Free to Look At."  The paintings, drawings and sculptures that are being offered for sale at these auctions. are usually going from one private owner to another - meaning that most are infrequently seen by the public. 

My husband and I loved the preview at Christies, and they have wonderful audio descriptions of 8 major works on their website at this link. 

http://www.christies.com/sales/impressionist-modern-new-york-may-2013/evening-sale.aspx

I love ballet, ballet classes, and Degas for his many paintings, drawings, and sculptures of ballet dancers.  This one is beautiful - much more sophisticated in its rendering than many in the collection of bronzes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I stood quietly, off-to-the-side, and sketched her, enjoying my brief minutes with her beauty.  The sculpture is 16" high and 21 5/8 inches long.  The estimated sale price is $600,000-800,000.  I will be able to look at the final sale price after the auction, but no information about her new home will be available.

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May 3, 2013

Figure Drawing at the Society of Illustrators - April 2013

I made it to figure drawing again in April - and really enjoyed the jazz, the glass of wine and one of the models.  The other one not so much. 

Here are a few of my drawings from the evening.  The male model is really tall and skinny and he extends his arms, legs, and fingers (which must be 12 inches long) in every short pose.  These are therefore incredibly challenging and I find I have to focus on a smaller part of him to get anything drawn during these 2 minute warm-ups.

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Here is an Uninspired 5 minute Pose by the Woman Model

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And a 10 minute Pose by Him:

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And Finally a 20 minute Pose by Him.  I couldn't capture the way he had his legs crossed over each other, he was bearing weight equally between his legs and had both knees slightly bent.  Yikes!  So I moved on and did a slightly different half-body view of him for the remaining minutes.

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