A month ago I was painting 7 foot paintings about how I felt about the wars going on in this world, today. The paintings are waiting for me to come back to the studio. Meanwhile, I’ve been collecting dots, drawing trees, writing a little and following feathers down the street.
After seeing the Gauguin exhibit in Seattle, I was very aware of the trees in Seattle. One day we took the ferry over to Vaschon Island. It was farmers market day so we joined the people sampling and buying food while a local band played in the background. Children and a golden retriever puppy rolled around in the grass.
Red 8″ x 6″ acrylic and charcoal on paper
Graphite Aquarell 8B drawing in a moleskine sketchbook
The following conversation went on after my new internet friend commented on yesterdays post Responding to Gauguin
Then I see the little painting glowing on the computer screen and think that would make a gorgeous big oil painting, guess that’s what keeps us painting. Each piece we do just makes us want to make another one We finish a painting and then we are left with another question to answer. what if ….
Deux Femmes/La Chevelure Fleurie (Detail) 16″ x 6″ acrylic on paper
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One hundred and ten years after Paul Gauguin was painting in Polynesia I copied some of his paintings. Making some notations in my moleskine sketchbook,
Gauguin La Chevelure fleurie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I was blown away by the way Gauguin used color, the way he drew space using shapes and line. I sketched very quickly and noted the color of his simple shapes with the idea of going back home and painting a little rendition of a Gauguin.
Early in the morning we walked down to Cafe Presse in order to get seats to watch the teams play soccer live at 7:30 am. We sat up at the counter and read the paper and drank hot coffee until the game started. Œufs plats, jambon, fromage rounded out our meal. I had my iphone with me so while we watched the game on a big TV screen, I sketched the game using an app called Brushes.
Li Chen‘s work is on exhibit at the Frye Museum in Seattle. “Earth Piercing Fire” is made of clay, cracking with time, old pieces of wood lattice and some old wire. You can see Chen’s background as a sculptor in Taiwan where he made Buddhas. Later without any training he branched out into contemporary art pieces.
4″ x 6″ moleskine sketchbook, graphite aquarell pencil
The sun was shinning in Seattle and color was popping up everywhere. A friend stopped to say hello to us. She was in city dark clothing, but her arms cradled two large bunches of spring flowers and she had bright pink shoes on! Window boxes, filled with perfect red tulips, were placed under the police station. The building was painted a marvelous jewel tone blue. It reminded me of Yves St. Laurent’s garden in Morocco. His house was painted majorelle blue. A lemon tree dripping with bright yellow lemons was in the foreground. The pots for plants were painted bright colors. A little green frog chirped in the pond.
I made the little box thinking it could be a container to hold stamps I picked up in Bhutan. The images remind me of Bhutanese folk tales. (click on the image to make it bigger)
The Bhutanese folktale called Four Friends is about an elephant, a monkey, a rabbit and a bird. They all learn to help each other by living together harmoniously. I should paint my impression of this folktale and send the finished product to Congress; a gift from an American. President Obama, The House of Representatives, the Senate, the Ameican people; It’s you I’m writing about.