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.


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.


Sketching an original Van Gogh.


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

A Week of Drawing Sunflowers

ahh the color is still grey – just think of these in the sunshine

supposed to be white paper not grey

I’ll just keep bumping up the brightness. I think now I have the camera on automatic in direct outside sunlight.

Ok this one I tried with a black background

This one I bumped up saturation, brightness, clarity  just about everything – still isn’t right

Bumped up the exposure in Lightroom 3 too much. Gotta go back to painting. It’s hard to try to be a photographer, someone who draws, a drawer?  and a technical wizard on the computer! Click on the image to see it larger. Who knows the color may be better 🙂 I’ve been thinking about Joan Mitchell and Vincent Van Gogh. I see how they were caught up with sunflowers, especially when the morning sun first lands on the yellow petals.

80 Drawings in 80 Days

 I did it!

Eighty drawings in eighty days. Day one was the day I started radiation for tongue and throat cancer. Day eighty was thirty seven days after my last radiation treatment. The effects of the treatment build up and continue after the treatments have stopped. Now, I’m up and at ’em with rests during the day. After 3:00 my voice and body give out – time for a good read and a rest in my bed of clouds. We bought a duxiana bed and a big, warm, soft, comforter before all this. I bunch up that light soft cloud and settle in for a read and a nap. Heaven!

This last week I have been drawing sunflowers a gift from my husband. It is absolutely startling when the sun hits those petals around eight in the morning.  I think of the effect of these flowers on Van Gogh and Joan Mitchell when they painted them. I’ll post some of the pastel drawings I did this last week.  Maybe I’ll post an early drawing and one of the last ones so you and I can see the difference – how the drawings have changed due to the influence of radiation and the practice of drawing everyday.