I slipcovered my other chair.

slipcover on other chairSewing is an art. I think it’s more difficult than drawing. If you can sew you can draw. It’s just how much time do you have?

With sewing or drawing it helps to have good teachers. Then you have to work on it on your own for years.

When I’m out drawing a lot of times I get surrounded by a group of school children. They’re all looking at me and I like kids so I ask them, “Who likes to draw?” In the younger groups almost all of the kids raise their hands. When I ask the teens not many raise their hands. Once I asked a lady why they stop liking to draw. She told me it’s fear of failure. The question I didn’t ask is “Where do kids get a fear of failure?”

Sewing is the same. You can’t let it frustrate you. If it’s not working out you have to let it go. Do something else and go back to it later and try again.

Over the years of working on different projects you get the confidence to take that fabric in hand and make it do what you want. With sewing as with drawing I make corrections as I go. Ripping isn’t usually a problem and neither is erasing. The results might not be perfect but I still try for perfection. Then there comes a time when you have to decide, are you finished? Can you live with it like this or will it bug you? I’m so excited with my new slipcovers brightening up my room! It’s all springy!


the Heron Rookery at Henricus / charcoal

a link below has a movie clip of the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman's character giving advice to a young writer

a link below has a movie clip of the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character giving advice to a young writer

I saw a few seconds of this clip on the news. The wise words are at the end. Naturally the news didn’t show the pithy part.

I hope this link works. Sorry about my ungood computer skills

News from the art world in Richmond VA.

Art6 on Broad St. closed. The owner of the building wants to convert it into apartments. I was sad to hear it because I liked to enter shows there.

Helene Ruiz worked out a plan to keep her group “The Urban Individualists” together and invited me to join. I’m excited about it! I always thought they were a cool group. When I join a group I usually stay on the edge of it. I’m not sure why. But I feel like my work would be missed if I didn’t participate in this one. I told Helene I was happy to be in with the cool kids and she kind of chuckled but didn’t say if she thinks we’re cool or not. That was on Sat. before Philip Seymour Hoffman died. Then Sarah sent me this link and now I’m not sure  if there’s a chance of coolness or not. Maybe Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character was right about artists being uncool. The last words on the clip remind me of what my friend Dick Clayman said so I think it sounds true.

I’ll post more info on the Urban Individualists as I get it. Our big night in Feb. is the 28th. Gallery 140. at Artworks on Hull St.

come on down!

Green Wheat Fields, Auvers by Van Gogh

at the National Gallery in Washington DC.

at the National Gallery in Washington DC.

Hey, Marie, Thanks for sending the image to me!

This is in public view for the 1st time in 50 years. Van Gogh completed it a few weeks before he died in 1890 at age 37. It was in the private collection of the late millionaire Paul Mellon at the VA. home of Paul and Rachel Mellon. Rachel, 103, donated it this year.

It’s large for a  Van Gogh painting  at 2.5 x 3 feet. Everyone talking about it thinks it’s bright and incredibly beautiful! I’m planning on seeing it in person this week!

5 photos from Rebirthing the Classics opening night at Art6

debriefing follows

debriefing follows

This shot shows the hall looking towards the front door on Broad St. with my work on both sides. The camera shots on the wall show the original masterpieces from the VMFA and Hollywood Cemetery that are the inspiration for each piece. Last Sat. was the day to take our entries to Art6. I loaded up my car in the morning and got there at noon. As I was unloading my work in the gallery Helene talked about putting my smaller pieces in the hall. That meant a bigger showing for me so I drove home and loaded my car again. I also brought 4 landscapes and some things I made up from my imagination. They don’t all fit the theme but it’s ok because they show continuity.

You’re Invited ! Art 6 Opening ! July 5th

Rebirth%20FlierWhen I saw the theme was “Rebirthing the Classics” I decided to enter my figure drawings. I have a lot of work from the 2 years I spent drawing the sad stone angels in Hollywood Cemetery. And I have a lot of figure drawings from sculptures at the VMFA. When I started to get the hang of figure drawing I used the figures in scenes from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  I’m all over town drawing and painting in plein air ! 😉

A lot of artists will be represented in the show so I’m looking forward to seeing their interpretations of classical subject matter too!

I’ll fill up the 2nd small gallery with my favorite drawings.

Thanks to Art 6 and Helene Ruiz for the great opportunity to show my progress on that path !

Log Cabin Tobacco Barn @ Meadow Farm

pix for blog 225

I’m entering this painting and two paintings from the James River in the “Splash” show organized by Helene Ruiz at Art 6 .  Opening night is the first Fri. in Jan.  It will be a fun show ! If you’re in Richmond , come downtown !

this is Helene Ruiz / artist

Helene  came to Richmond from New York City. When I met her, I was thinking, she’s a mover and a shaker in the art world. Then another lady said those exact words to me !

I have a link to her redbubble website on my website where you can see her bio and more art.

She’s planning a show for Oct . at Art 6 . It will be GREAT !! Its all a latin theme. There’s going to be professional latin dancers and a lady precussionist. Plus art that will be exciting too !

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