June 30, 2016

Painting With The Girls 182

June 30, 2016

Day 182 (184 days to go)

Winter and spring are gone and summer has just begun in small bouts of warm weather and serious thunder. We have not gotten the real heat yet here in DC.  Fourth of July is approaching and my children are home and the summer days are lazier and longer.

I like this time of the year because the city becomes a little quieter. Schools are off and the traffic is lighter.

I will be going away again in July so I will be pre-painting my daily art in panels for the time I will be gone.

I am getting reorganized when I come back. My studio is messy and I would like to rethink what I will be doing for the rest of the year. I have a few ideas to change the format of what I have been doing, but for now, I am taking July to just think about it.

I would like to focus on one theme, and just go with that for the rest of the year.

Have a very nice July and enjoy the summer.

June 29. 2016

Painting With The Girls 181

June 29, 2016

Day 181 (185days to go)

Watercolor Palette 12 Panels

What does Michael Landy's home look like today.  Click on link. Full article on June 28, 2016.

June 28, 2016

Painting With The Girls 180

June 28, 2016

Day 180 (186 days to go)

My friend told me, the other day a little about the British artist Michael Landy and his very interesting artwork (2001) Breakdown. 

I have included the link  right here:

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June 25, 2016

Painting With The Girls 177

June 25, 2016

Day 177 (189 days to go)

 

 

Part V

Beatrix Potter left her old life when her fiancé Norman Warne had left hers. She could not bear to live with her parents anymore, especially during the very difficult time of getting over Norman’s death.

When her aunt, Harriet Burton, passed away a little before Norman, she left Beatrix a significant amount of money. This was a great opportunity for Beatrix to add that sum of money to her publishing profits and finally buy the land she always dreamed of by the Lakes.

She chose a small farm called Hill Top near Sawrey, and right away moved in and started remodeling the main house into two living spaces. She kept the original farmhouse occupants, Mr. and Mrs. Cannon and their children, managing the farm. For the next few years she divided her time between the farm and her parents. With time, the farm became the home of pigs, sheep, cow and geese. Beatrix loved her new life style, especially planting a garden and getting to know her neighbors and the small town nearby.  

By 1909, Beatrix had published 14 books, which were now considered nursery classics. She enjoyed the additional income from the royalties and merchandise she had created and licensed, such as Peter Rabbit doll and a board game.

In 1908, she requested the advice of a solicitor and neighbor, W. H. Heelis and Sons, to advise her on purchasing more land. Mr. Heelis recommended her to buy Castle Farm that was for sale and joined Beatrix’s land.

For the next five years, Beatrix and Mr. Heelis they got to know each other. They became friends and could be seen on long walks through their lands or participating in various activities in their community.

Beatrix spent less and less time with her parents in London. Instead they came to visit her or leased a place nearby when vacationing during summers.

June 22, 2016

Painting With The Girls 172

June 20, 2016

Day 172 (194 days to go)

12 5X7 panel Watercolor

Every painter needs a work place where they can achieve their art goals. This is a very personal space for each individual, and the idea is that a person should feel very comfortable while at work. If we live in the city, sometimes we are space challenged and must work in small rooms. In that case, it is very important for an artist to be organized, and use creativity to maximize the use of space.

Of course, the problem is not so easily solved for someone who needs large amounts of space because they have large art works. In that case, artists can share bigger studios or rent spaces in art groups or centers where they can then enjoy more light and more room to spread their materials and work.

If you have a room at home for your art space, it is important to have good light, and a system to store and keep art materials. Materials and art supplies should be organized and stored away so that these things that might get in the way of work do not distract the artist.  Some people feel like they also need a quiet space undisturbed by family members so that they can feel creative, comfortable and productive.

June 21, 2016

Painting With The Girls 173

June 21, 2016

Day 173  (193 days to go)

Color Study in Rows

9X12 Watercolor, Matted

June 20, 2016

Painting With The Girls 172

June 20, 2016

Day 172 (194 days to go)

Ipad painting over dark surface                                              Atlantic Sunrise

Ipad painting 5X7 matted

June 19, 2016

painting With The Girls 171

June 19, 2016

Day 171 (195 days to go)

Camilla at Airport

Ipad painting 5X7 matted

 

 

June 18, 2016

Painting With The Girls 170

June 18, 2016

Day 170 (196 days to go)

 

Painting on photo on Ipad                                     Sky and Earth

Ipad painting on photo 5X7 matted

Part IV

Beatrix Potter was in constant communication with Norman Warne as she put the finishing touches on her two books, Tiggy-Winkle and The Pie. By July 25, 1905, she wrote to Norman giving him the address to the vacation house where she and her parents were to spend the rest of the summer. She was quite sure Norman would propose to her soon and that her parents would not approve. Her brother Bertram had been a good example for Beatrix as to how difficult her parents were. He had been married for three years and still had had not told his parents yet. That secret would be kept for another seven years.

On July 27, Norman proposed and Beatrix accepted. Needless to say, her parents were shocked that she would be engaged to someone in a ‘trade business’. Beatrix had been an agreeable daughter all her life, so she went along with her parents plan to make no formal announcement.

She and Norman exchanged rings and promised to keep the engagement secret for the time being.  Beatrix left for her summer vacation and Norman traveled for his work.

At the end of August, Norman returned from Manchester very ill, and Beatrix was informed that she should visit him, as he was very sick. Beatrix immediately interrupted the family vacation and traveled London, but Norman had already died. She attended the burial, and later wrote in her diary that it probably was better she had not seen him suffer. Norman Warne died of lymphatic leukemia at age 37, exactly a month after he proposed to Beatrix.

 

June 17, 2016

Painting With The Girls 169

June 17, 2016

Day 169 (197 days to go)

Painting over photo on Ipad

Ipad painting on photo 5X7 matted

 

 

 

June 16, 2016

Painting With The Girls 168

June  16, 2016

Day 168 (198 day to go)

Doodle over photo                              photo by Sufie Berger

Photo manipulated on Ipad 5X7 Matted

This is great for journaling. There is a free App called (you doodle) that lets you draw on a photo from your library. It is very nice for daily records!

June 15, 2016

Painting With The Girls 167

June 15, 2016

Day 167 (199 days to go)

Ipad digital image and collage.                    Air

Ipad painting and collage 5X7 matted

I used June 11th's digital image and did a collage on top. I also diminished the amount of purple with watercolor.

And YEAH!!!!! 199 days to go!!!! 

June 14, 2016

Painting With The Girls 166

June 14, 2016

Day 166 (200 days to go)

 

Ipad Painting              World War II Memorial

Ipad painting 5X7 matted

 A curator is a person who is responsible for collection in a museum or other institution. The curator does research or educational programs about a collection or chooses and plans works that will be exhibited.  A curator is also a facilitator between the exhibit and the artist.

Most curators are trained in art history so they know what is relevant in terms of the social, historical, political themes of the times.

June 13, 2016

Painting With The Girls 165

June 13, 2016

Day 165 (201 days to go)

Ipad painting                   The Capitol

Ipad painting 5X7 matted

Terry Smith writes in What is Contemporary Art? “Contemporary art invites, or requires many kinds of time from its audiences, and offers many in return. Its most typical forms- installation, the participatory event, and human-machine in interaction- have introduced a variety of distinctive demands on spectators and participants”.

Typical installations can be a sound installation or a performance. Sometimes they can be objects in the open air or in a building. Videos, movies or paintings, performers can all be part of an installation.

 

Adel Abdessemed  2003                     Habibi

The Gates NY 2008         Christo- Jean Michel       Photo Sufie Berger

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(Above) Marina Abramovic, Performance art in 2010, The Artist Present The Museum Of Modern Art, New York.

June 12, 2016

Painting With The Girls 164

June 12, 2016

Day 164 (202 days to go)

June Rain                           Ipad sketch

Ipad painting 5X7 matted

An installation-type exhibit is not such the recent innovative development in art as people might think. For example Marcel Duchamp exhibited a urinal as an installation, called Fountain, to achieve a conceptual response from his audience back in 1917.

The same can be said for Richard Wagner, who in 1859 coined the word Gesamtkunstwerk, when promoting his Opera. It literally means total work of art. In his case he was describing the experience of being an audience in an art space, with all forms of art on exhibit, such as music, painting, architecture, writing and performance.

 

 

 

 

 

June 11, 2016

Painting With The Girls 163

June 11, 2016

Day 163 (203 days to go)

 

 

Abstract Scribble Study

Ipad painting 5X7 matted

Part III

Beatrix Potter had kept in touch with her last governess, Anne Moore, who she liked very much and became friends with.  Beatrix had regularly written Anne’s three children many letters through the years. They especially appreciated the ones with little stories of rabbits and her beautiful drawings. In 1900, Anne Moore suggested that Beatrix continue with her stories and try to publish them because they were her kid’s favorites. She handed Beatrix a collection of her letters with stories and drawings she had saved.

Beatrix decided that the Tale of Peter Rabbit was worth working on again and used these materials as the foundation to her book.

Her financial situation with her family was not good, and her aging father was developing health difficulties.

As Beatrix reached age thirty-five, she showed even less interest in society or the process of meeting a suitable young man.

By 1901, she had had been to four publishers. Her Peter Rabbit book had been rejected or changed to something Beatrix didn’t like or consent to.

She published 250 copies of the book herself, and that year for Xmas, she handed The Tale of Peter Rabbit to many friends and relatives as a gift. She ordered another 500 copies for herself in case she would like it to be printed again. Frederick and Warne & Co., one of the publishers who had rejected her, took a new interest in the book as they found out an engraved block of the drawings already existed. Mr. Warne and his three sons who ran the publishing business asked Beatrix for her old manuscripts and told her the book would be better as a full color picture book. Her own edition had many black and white drawings because she wanted to keep it inexpensive. The company thought the size of the book and format was perfect for that competitive market. To add more color pages to the book she had to work closely with one of the three brothers who was the printing specialist. His name was Norman Warne, and soon he would become Beatrix Potter’s first love.

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Letters from Beatrix Potter to the Moore children and Mr. Norman Warne, Beatrix Potter's editor.

Also check out the movie "Miss Potter". A treat for any girl who likes romance and the Victorian era.