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Studio chicks turned 4 months old today. To celebrate, I let them out to 'free range' in the back yard for the first time.
They were hesitant to start with -
- initially, they stayed in a tight little group as they tentatively explored.
Gradually, they began to spread out a teeny bit -
- never far from their coop or the back fence.
They enjoyed their little outing. Now if we can get Toby-the-terror to leave them in peace, they'll be able to stay out at some length throughout the winter - helping to keep my weed and bug population down. Good chickens!
This doesn't seem to be on youtube yet. It's a collaborative project with Kitty von-Sometime and Arstidir,
and is weird and wonderful. Give it a look/listen. :-)
Sunday sketch - opposite a recent tarot reading. :-)
In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee.
Long pose day....
I decided to focus on the portrait rather than the full figure.
Lovely model, with nice character to her face.
Slowly getting back into the swing of this....
I recently downloaded some new soundtracks on my iPod for Life Drawing - one of them from Don Juan DeMarco (with Johnny Depp in the title role). Which is a lovely soundtrack. Much of which is based on this song from Bryan Adams -
...in the teensy purse Moleskine, balanced upon my knee....
Not only is this lovely to listen to, it's very cool to watch!
You can see the brand-new shiny upcoming line-up here!
The longer I watched this 'duet' the more I liked it. Marc Martel has a great voice, and does a surprisingly good impression of Freddy Mercury (he is the lead singer of Queen Extravaganza, a Queen tribute band - endorsed by the original members of Queen). It's pretty great:
I do miss Freddy.'Love Queen....
In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee.....
Clothed life drawing day..
The days are getting noticeably shorter, the temperature is finally dropping and the rain has started up again - must be fall.
And the pumpkin sightings have begun! There's the orange and the white ones,
the warty ones,
the teensy ones,
the Cinderella ones,
the orderly ones,
the ones that are actually sweet delicious squashes,
the piles of especially enormous ones.
So much autumnal squashy goodness to love!
Totally gorgeous rendering of conception/gestation/birth - complete with a Hans Zimmer soundtrack.
Was totally falling asleep over that last one...
In the teensy purse-Moleskine balanced upon my knee.
After our summer hiatus, life drawing has started up again.
Trying to get the rust scraped off my creaky brain and hand....
Long-pose day today. In 20 minute segments...
So, this is where I got... Not too horrific, but will certainly look forward to ramping back up again.
Was at a meeting this week - and got a little antsy. Was bored enough that I didn't want to even attempt to draw them as is.... Caricatures...? Was funner.
In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee.....
On our retreat a couple of weeks ago, some of us discussed The Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed - one of my favorite album 'experiences' of my young life. (One of our critique group members is way too young to have experienced it, or The Moody Blues in general. Some days, I feel old). At any rate, here is the penultimate song from the album:
...Breath deep the gathering gloom....
Ah, this makes me all nostalgic (plus gorgeous, acapella harmonies...)
This past week was our annual Fall Retreat. Dan Fogelberg's "Netherlands" always reminds me of our time up there in the mountains....
The environs were spectacular -
- the cabin is lovely and cozy and lots of cooking happened.
As did a lot of art.
Paintings were made. Mushrooms were foraged. Much wisdom was shared.
(I took lots and lots of pictures. Sadly my camera mysteriously saved them in a format I'm having difficulty opening. Hopefully I can get it figured out and post more this week!)
As I mentioned, there were some rather glorious mushrooms this year!
We always eat well (artists can make the best cooks) - but when we get to add copious amounts of wild mushrooms to the mix, things elevate quickly. Mushroom tarts -
Pots of mushroom soup. Mushrooms in the salad.
As for one of the adventures I mentioned - we lost the hydro-electric generator a couple of days into our stay.... The remainder of the week was done by lantern....
(luckily we are all also good sports. And inventive.)
The meals were spectacular overall.
I leave you with a photo of some of our 'pornographic carrots'. One of our more 'spicy' ingredients. :-)
One of my favorite things about our location is the woods -
Everywhere that hasn't been cleared for the very few roads or other forest-service related areas is filled with trees.
It was a sun-drenched week amongst the conifers -
- which very atmospherically drip with moss and are surrounded by ferns.
In some places, there is still old growth forest (so much has been logged over the years).
Huckleberries that grow from cedar stumps....
And all the luscious undergrowth... (which this year, contained many many *mushrooms*!)
To be continued...
This year's annual fall critique-group retreat took place up in the glorious Cascade Mountains (as usual).
(A view of Mt. Rainier).
We stay in this lovely historic lodge -
- right across the road from a lake.
(which is low this time of year, exposing old tree stumps from early logging days).
Old stumps = abstract driftwood.
The woods and weather were glorious.
Fabulous eating and company. Adventures were had.
And much art happened.
Typically a great deal of art-making happens in the cabin...
...but after the generator went out, it got much more difficult to do - lanterns are really not as bright as lightbulbs! (What did our pioneer ancestors do in all that dim lighting...?)
So, we had to move outside and work by the light of the sun.
Luckily, the weather was lovely and cooperative!
More plein air happened than usual. :-)
Of course this did mean that our working time was limited...
(I had hoped to get more painting done than I did, but ah well... I did make some good progress)
Of course, it wasn't all work. Besides hikes, walks and mushroom hunting, there was yoga and meditation and general communing with nature...
...as well as just some much deserved chillin'!
Lovely week as always. Thanks POBL girls!
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