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November 30, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019 - Our Biggest!

Thanksgiving 2019:  This was the 30th anniversary of our family Thanksgiving - 4 years rotating houses with my husband's sibling and a first cousin's family and one of his sons.  In 1993 we moved to Manhattan and my husband and I have done 95% of the cooking since then.  This was the biggest dinner yet - 33 people, including 3 children 4 and under. 

Earlier this week Facebook sent me an entry from 10 years ago  - our 6 grandchildren on Thanksgiving.  I shared it on my Facebook page, lamenting that it was so difficult to get a photo of all of our grandchildren together.  We have 8 grandchildren (ages 7-16), and I put the photographer of the family in charge of getting one photo - after I did a little bribery (extortion, quid pro quo) of the children and then stayed out of the action. 

The other family lives in Philadelphia and Chicago.  Our family lives in Manhattan and DC.  Barry's Brother lives in NJ.  In order to give us all lots of time together we had 7 hors d'oeuvres and champagne from 3-6, then dinner.  In 1989, the youngest children were 6 and 4.  They are now the parents of the 4 and under children!

Here is the long awaited photo.  One of our friends said she could tell who I had to bribe.  The group will be reassembled, almost in its entirety, for the Bar Mitzvah of one of these children next week!  My husband and I feel like amazingly lucky parents and grandparents.


November 25, 2019

Sketchbook Pages from Sothebys Auction Preview

I love the Christies and Sothebys Spring and Fall Impressionist and Modern Auction Previews. These are more of my drawings of sculptures, my current favorite things to draw.  I love Degas' dancers and remember the first time I saw them lined up in a case at the Metropolitan Museum of Art when I was in college.   

Degas Dancer:  Great position. 



Camille Claudel's sculpture with a horse by Marino Marini drawn behind her.



When I see a Chagall painting that is almost unrecognizeable, I draw it.  Nearby was art by Picasso which had these cute doodles at an edge.



Happy Thanksgiving to everyone - enjoy your families and be thankful for the good things in life. 

November 23, 2019

Rice Mice are Nice Mice - and 3 New Ones

I just made 3 Rice Mice for the 3 very young children who will be part of our Thanksgiving celebration.  I wanted these 3 young ones to have something special and I decided to make more of my rice mice (plural; rouse mouse singular)).  They each have 8 ounces of plain white rice inside and are actually cuddly.



There are two books about Rice Mice.  The one on the left was written by my medical mentor's wife.  He gave me a copy and I've made them for many children, starting with my own 3 children and our 8 grandchildren.  When I put them on my blog, now several years ago, several people looked for the book  unsuccessfully.  It was republished with some new poems and illustrations about individual mice drawn by Ann Hayes and Heather Refetoff.  Copies could be purchased then directly from Ann Hayes. 



Knowing how many people who follow my blog bought the new copies, I'll add a link to the blog post from that time.  I haven't been in touch with Ann in several years, but I would be happy to find the Rice Mice book again if anyone wants one.



November 19, 2019

Several More Dinners in Paris

We ate at small bistros during our visit and enjoyed a few we've been to in earlier visits.

First Dinner at Le Petit Chatelet:  It is a lovely bistro near where we stayed on the Left Bank.  It had good food and a lovely ambience.  Both drawings were done during dinners there and painted at home.



Second Dinner in Le Petit Chatelet which was opened in 1951 by the grandfather of the current owner.  We enjoyed it so much the first time, we went back the night before we came home.  These drawing were done in the upstairs dining room which was the garret bedroom of the original owner.



November 15, 2019

Christies Impressionist and Modern Auction Preview

I have an unexplained need to draw sculptures recently.  Are they more of a challenge, or am I hoping I can take a sculpture class next semester?   Hard to know.  I saw this small Matisse sculpture at the Christies Auction Preview in NYC and sketched a frontal and 3/4 view.  As I was leaving that gallery I saw it from the side and stopped to draw it again. 


Here is the side view and 2 small Henry Moore sculptures.  I sketched them as they looked and then made up the colors!


The art that is on view for the upcoming auctions is hard to imagine.  There are multiple galleries full of wonderful paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics and most of these works are going from one private collection to another.  Next Blog Post:  drawings from the Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern Auction Preview.      


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