Literally, over night we went from summer into winter. The beginning of the week's temps were in the 80's. Wednesday was a cool 70's. Thursday the same with rain in the evening turning to freezing rain, then snow that continued nonstop through Friday. The thermometer on Friday did not go above 30 degrees. We put away our gardening tools and brought out the snow shovels. What happen to fall? We were looking forward to breakfast outside enjoying the fall colors. We need to be careful what we wish for. This much needed moisture did wonders to putting out the wildfires; burning well over 1 million acres.
Meanwhile, our Florida family is recovering from Irma. All is safe there. Perhaps some of this cooler weather can be sent their way, just a bit.
"The noblest pleasure is the
joy of understanding." – Leonardo da Vinic Leonardo da Vinci
(April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was the archetype of the Renaissance Man.
His genius spans many interests employing methods unusual and pioneering during
his time. He was born out of wedlock to an Italian couple
in the region of Florence. His art education was under the Florentine painter,
Verrocchio. During his working life he spent years in Milan, Rome, Bologna and
Venice. The last years of his life were spent in France. Of course, there is much written about him and
his accomplishments that seem to go on and on. How can one not be inspired by his art.Below are a few samples
of his rich drawings.
The Society of Painters and Etchers was formed in 1880.
Their main agenda was to promote printmaking as an original art form.
Printmaking seems to becoming more popular, especially among painters these
days. While in England around 1880, Anders Zorn met up with a fellow Swede,
Axel Herman Haig. Haig was one of the founders of the Society. He taught Zorn
how to etch, as Haig was an excellent, self-taught, prolific etcher. Zorn was
casually interested at first and did not take it up seriously until he was established
in Paris, 1888. Below I have put etchings and paintings by Zorn side by side
for comparisons. One example is a sketch and etching.
Zorn superimposed his portrait on the dancer in ‘The Waltz’.
He wrote in his autobiography notes, “ I particularly recall my efforts with
that troublesome task: the waltz. I was fond of dancing and wanted to attempt a
study in movement using scenes from society balls I had attended in Paris. It
was always the same crowded mess in the ballroom; …
Looking out my window I was inspired by the Claude Monet series of painting images in my head. You must be familiar with them. With this first snow fall, I took this photo in morning sunrise light.
So, my project then, is to do a series throughout the seasons and various lighting conditions. What a challenge; must stick with it. The canvases will be smaller sizes, keeping it simple, but taking a couple of years.
Haystacks - Monet From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaMonet noticed this
subject on a casual walk. He requested that his stepdaughter Blanche Hoschedé
bring him two canvases. He believed that one canvas for overcast weather and
one for sunny weather would be sufficient.However, he realized he could not demonstrate
the several distinct impressions on one or two canvases. As a result, his
willing helper was quickly carting as many canvases as a wheelbarrow could hold.His
daily routine involved carting paints,
easels, and many
unfinished canvases and working on whichever ca…