Painting in the Woods – Day Two

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I thought of Matisse‘s chapel in Nice, France. Chapelle_du_Rosaire_de_Vence .  The two doors carved in wood designed by Matisse for the confessionals are painted a slick white enamel. Colored sunlight makes its way through  through the carved open areas and spills onto the floor.  Inside the little room are stained glass windows coloring the sunlight;  yellow for the sun, green for vegetation and blue for the Riviera sky.

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It looked too much like a stilted wooden butterfly had landed on the painting. I replaced it with the sky shinning through the leaves.

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Setting up for lunch. I invited a friend to join me for lunch in my studio. Bring your own food and chair.

This painting was worked on the rest of the day – more to come.

Sketching in the Dark while Listening to Branford Marsalis – Grace Cathedral

I felt like I was in Westminster Abbey in London when I was looking around the small apse of the cathedral where we were sitting. The dark wood carved walls were the backdrop for the men and women I was drawing. The Cathedral was full. Branford Marsalis,  walked out,  said a few words in that wonderful voice of his and the lights dimmed. Except for applause the audience was absolutely still and quiet while they listened to the sounds of his saxophone fill the space around them.

Grace Cathedral is the third largest Gothic cathedral in the country.  Besides magnificent stained glass windows, there are copies of the  famous Ghiberti Gates of Paradise, priceless icons and frescoe-style murals depicting California’s colorful history. There are two Labyrinths, one inside and one outside.  Keith Haring AIDS Chapel altarpiece is to the right after you enter the Cathedral. Click on images to  enlarge.