Eleven Year Old Copies the Old Masters – Carla and Megan’s Blog

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Megan discovers an original Rembrandt work of art on paper.

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Albrecht Durer’s engraving of Adam and Eve was there. So were works by   Cezanne, Renoir, Degas,  Gauguin, Leon Bakst and  Flemish Renaissance painter Pieter Brueghel who sketched all the kids, toys, dogs within a whole outdoor scene.

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An original Van Gogh was next to a Rembrandt.

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Sketching an original Van Gogh.

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Here she is copying a red chalk drawing done in the Rococo style of art  by the French painter Jean- Honore Fragonard.

Megan, my grand-daughter always has a drawing pad in her hand. When she came to visit in 2011, I arranged an hour appointment for the two of us in the  Achenbach foundation collections room at the Legion of Honor where she could view privately, about a dozen original works from the old masters. A young lady brought us into a room where she had set up original prints and drawings by artists I thought Megan would like to see. The woman showed us around, then said, call me if you have any questions and left the room. Megan looked at me, hesitantly. I said, go ahead, look, draw, do whatever you want. Don’t mind me. She sat down with each print and sketched them all. Afterwards, we ate lunch in the museum cafe where we just kept drawing. It was a great day for two people who love to draw. Megan is almost thirteen now. One of her favorite painters is Cezanne. In Categories on the right under  Carla and Megan’s Blog there are more examples of Megan’s work. Scroll to the second page, too. We received comments from all over the world.  http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/legion/collections/achenbach-foundation-graphic-arts

Raoul Dufy and Me – Southern France

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Carla’s interpretation of view in Larmet, France

The camera’s interpretation of the scene

Megan’s interpretation of the scene

Upon entering a hotel room in Aix en Provence, many years ago, I noticed a familiar print by Dufy hanging on the wall next to the window. Accompanying the print was a note saying Raoul Dufy had painted the watercolor from this window. Yes, right there, I was looking out the window at the same scene painted in the 1920’s. Of course, I had to paint that scene. Now, my watercolor is framed and hanging in my daughter’s house. In August, I painted the another view in France, with her daughter. Here are three interpretations of the same view.

“I think a painter is happy because he is in harmony with nature as soon as he can express what he sees.” Vincent van Gogh

Bordeaux Toes Paired with Abstract Tool Shed – Southern France

Tool Shed by Carla –  shapes and complimentary color (click on image)

While collaborating on this blog project for two weeks, my grand daughter and I covered the basics of drawing:

Line, Form, Value, Space, Texture, Pattern and Color. We ended our drawing sessions with free, expressive figure drawings working with live models. Thinking about subject matter, we covered Landscape, Figurative, Still Life and Abstract Art using a variety of materials. We talked about the importance of Variation: variation in line, form or shape, value, space, texture, pattern and color. We had a great time together. For me, having a buddy to sketch with was the best!

Bordeaux Toes –  Megan’s first drawing in her Moleskine sketchbook – Value

Inspiration From Trip to France – Get Out Those Art Supplies!

After a trip, usually I am stimulated and ready to go back to the studio. I want to paint, make Artist’s Books, draw, and write -in some way interpret what I experienced during my travels. Megan got right in there. I’m so proud of her. Look at this! Her  drawing fills the page. It’s big. Paint and color have been added to her drawing – the next step after drawing. This piece will be perfect for her portfolio. Megan is planning on applying for an art scholarship. I suggested she add her small moleskine sketchbook that she filled up in France. There are some fine drawings to be seen in there.

Our two weeks of  drawing together have ended. It will be a long time before we see each other again. But there is WordPress!

We are thinking of  Megan being my guest blogger in the future – maybe we will do Megan’s Monday – Carla and Megan’s Blog.  Then she will have her own posts on the internet.

From India to America to England Just With A Tap Of Your Finger – France

I think I just used a trackback to send a ping back.http://starscrutiny.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/what-they-miss/ It was my grand daughter’s first trackback. Oh my, here I am teaching her how to blog by having her be a guest on my blog and she knows more about it all than I do! It does show how we are from all over the world expressing our opinions. Each time I write something, a new door opens. I read or see something interesting from another person in the world. I learn from them and hopefully, I give a few minutes of contemplation to someone else. Megan viewed the stat page of our blog from France, where she saw the map representing people who read her blog from all over the world – 98 hits one day during the first week! How great is that? Apologies for the fuzzy photograph, but this was the specific day and this was what I shot.

Figurative Drawing by Kids in France – Carla and Megan’s Blog

In France, gammie had a great idea for everyone to do. Every few minutes a new person would strike a pose and everyone else had to draw it. It was a really good idea to get loose and really see how to draw a body. We did not have time to draw very much detail but we got the basic idea! We ended up with some very interesting drawings!

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Hummm I see we already did this one – added some more pictures this time.  Here is Megan’s thoughts on our drawing session – carla

It’s Hot! – 12 year old Works on her Portfolio – France in August

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One hundred degrees (38C) Not a good time for Englishmen to be out in the noon day sun. After a lunch of Camembert cheese, pâté, cornichons, baguettes, melon, ham, lettuce and tomatoes from the farmer’s market ( I’m going to miss those fabulous picnics) we stayed inside.
Megan is putting together a portfolio to be included with a request for an art scholarship. For a varied example of her work I suggested we do some figuartive drawing. We got together the gang and sketched two minute poses. I started posing, I’d call up someone to join me then we would add another person to our posing group. And another. It was great fun. Megan got some great drawings for her portfolio and everyone found out they really could draw. Now it’s time to hit the pool!