Self Portrait as The Man of Sorrows
408 x 290 mm
Easter week has been a contemplative time here in my studio. The Matisse series has been, for me, a great exercise in writing and critique, and my essay on The Conversation will be published here at The Colorist after the holiday.
As if I needed more things to take my mind off of the highest Christian holiday, and off of my painting, life rolls in and washes my time away. Doctors appointments, turkey season, spring yard work, and my new iPhone, which Lorie gave me last night. Still, in all, I did make time for two plein air pieces, which I hope to post here or at Pastel in the next couple of days.
It was fun to find a new store, yesterday, in Spokane Valley named the Hobby Lobby. It is like a cavernous Michaels, only cheaper. I bought a few General pencils, a drawing board of Chinese make (I need drawing boards loaded with current projects and more of them than you'd think) and the best things were small Birch wood boxes and trays. I currently keep my smallest pastel outdoor set in a cigar box that is tiny, but now have an even smaller one than that. It makes me want to make some of my own boxes, but that urge will pass, I'm sure.
I am very happy to see Diane Mize posting at COMPOSE again. Harry Bell has been blogging for 7 years. Yes, you read that right: seven years. His cityscapes are a lesson in composition in themselves.
Lots of big images by Durer - very nice collection.