Monday, June 21, 2010
I was so honored to be a part of my dear friend Decima's wedding this past weekend. It was a wonderful few days that my husband and I spent in Chicago with her, her family, and some mutual friends and acquaintances. A beautiful first day there was spent sampling coffee at Intelligentsia (the bride to be pictured there above) and viewing some of the beautiful masterpieces at the Chicago Institute of Art. It was a wonderful day. Below are some of the more impressive moments.
I loved this one for its mood.
In the presence of Rubens. Looking at the flesh of his subjects is the same as feeling its temperature, firmness, even its humidity. Amazing.
Viewing Beata Beatrix.The best photo I have of Decima's wearable art - which I got to wear for the wedding!
The glamorous bride.
O mio Babbino caro...
Christen also in Decima couture...
...also wearing a gown by the bride, the artist Lauren Pope.
Mr. and Mrs. with some of the bridal party after signing the Ketubah.
The new missus. I think it agrees with her.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
This is an idea for a ketubah for my dear Decima's wedding - just one idea - more to come!
The sketch and finished painting of Jenna and Luca. I still can't decide if I should've not messed up the sketch by painting on it. I just really liked the sketch...
Syd and Zeke
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Sketch of my Own on Mount Baker.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Josef Hassid, Michael Rabin, and the incredible Gyorgy Cziffra. For Cziffra, you may have to forward to around 1:40 on the recording - a lot of conversation in French, which I, unfortunately, don't understand...
And then, because I just now thought of it, the "Close to You" sequence from the movie Mirrormask. Also, if you want to hear a gorgeous rendition of "The Man that Got Away," go to jeffbuckley.com, click on media player, in the popup drop-down box on the right, click on albums, then choose the third album from the bottom - you'll find it in there. Like always, his voice is haunting.
So there you have it.
Oh, and, I miss you, friend.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Because at this point, I think it looks like the cover of a teen novel.
I guess I'll add this to my list of dubious works - the Dub list. Along with the portrait of my husband I couldn't finish last week because it was too awful. And I won't post it either - the background was mediocre, and while the draping was good, the facial features resembled a waxworks more than my husband. I ended up ripping it off the work board in frustration.
I have a lot of work and learning to do.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I used Alzarin orange and Ultramarine blue. Oh, and a little Chinese white when I needed to modify a stray brushstroke.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Any readers who know how to paint with watercolors for real, please tell me what I could do to improve. As always, I'm just painting "by ear," and I'd love to have some informed advice.
So here is how Joyce and her horse got to be painted:
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I did this from start to finish on Sunday; took me all day, and cost me a ridiculous pain in the neck the next day!
I'm not entirely sure if I'm happy with this one - I feel like it's a little cartoonish, and I'm not sure if a) it's because of the saturated colors, b) because I decided to leave the background white, c) because all the work was in one day, practically non-stop, or d) because I didn't do such an extensive sketch before painting.
Anybody, help me! Tell me what it is!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
First, we have Izquierdo as conductor. I chose this clip simply because it was the only one corresponding with clip #2, of the brand new Dudamel of the L.A. Philharmonic.
As long as we're talking compare and contrast, consider these two excerpts also. Notice the conductor and the violinist, how well they work together, or clash, as the case may be. Are you distracted from the music at all? Which clip contains the best music quality (not accounting for poor recording equipment)? Which clip takes you to another place internally, where you begin to think? Which of these clips - including the two above - show dignity, true virtuosity, ease of performance, real technical advancement? Which of the clips display mannerisms that remind you of either wounded ducks or fish about to expire?
First we have Dudamel and Joshua Bell. Second we have (I did not research into the conductor) Heifetz playing the same piece, Tchaikovsky Concerto 1, 1st mvmt., as his oft-proclaimed successor plays in clip #1. Aren't successors supposed to improve upon their predecessors? At least in art?
My final questions: WHAT IS GOING ON IN CLASSICAL MUSIC? What has happened to the beauty and refinement of music? Why must I see real artists only in black and white recordings rather than on the stage of my local symphony hall? Why has talent been succeeded by impostors?
End of Doamna's rant for the day.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I want to post some thoughts soon on classical music - this is a blog about art, not just the visual arts, so I think I have license to run down a few favorite rabbit trails.
Now, dear readers, I must organize my husband's sheet music!
Your painting, Jon, sits forlorn at my work space. Never fear. I've found that leaving a piece to ferment awhile improves its flavor...