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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Kyla's 5th Birthday - A Halloween Spring theme!

Kyla made a perfect Snow White!

Kyla and her Butterfly Gram (my wings were a kite we left for her to fly later)

As requested for her "Halloween" Birthday Party, I made a Vampire Butterfly Cake!

Blowing out the candles!

Getting a big thank you hug for making the cake (that made it all worth it!!)

Kyla's "halloween" birthday party

Becka and Kyla decorating their "trick or treat" bags

Snow White (aka birthday girl Kyla) holding court

The weather was so hot that day all the kids soon changed into cooler outfits to play in the yard

"How did you know it was just what I wanted?"

The little ones had fun making "mummies" out of the older kids!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Taking a Mixed Media Class with Nick Serratore

I've been taking a workshop with Nick Serratore at Rehoboth Art League for the past few weeks. Yesterday he had us mixing gesso, turpenoid, acrylic, watercolor and pastels for the loveliest impressionistic effects. We worked from one of his black and white photocopies at first and then he had us put that away and work from memory. Interesting!

I thought I would share them with you since this is so completely different from anything I have done up to this point and I really had fun with it. Nick is an award-winning pastel artist who has had many solo shows and I have admired his work since we arrived here in Delaware. He graduated from the Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia in 1990. He's also a heck of a nice guy and extremely patient. Now I hope I can do this myself, without his help and encouragement!

This one I started at home from the photocopy, on scraps of archival mat board, making up the colors - he helped me finish it in the classroom and showed me how to use gesso and turpenoid to soften and blend and how to make the grasses more "wild" and give it an overall impressionistic feeling.

This one and the next were going just from memory - no reference material to look at. Here I blocked in the darks with my pastels - deep blues, rusty reds and browns underneath, then worked with turpenoid and gesso on top, playing with the grasses and ground, scribbling with pastels.

I wanted to try going in a different color direction with this one, lighter, more golden with maybe a glow of sunset in the distance. Underneath the colors were pinks and oranges, building again, with the gesso, squishing the brush around, playing with the pastels. Fun stuff.

ItalianNotebook.com: Rocca Paolina

Just wanted to let you know that our "note" about the Rocca Paolina, the medieval fortress in Perugia, appears on today's ItalianNotebook.com! Italian Notebook.com is a free, daily note about Italy read by thousands of Italy lovers around the world. We are excited to be among the contributors.

Hope you will check it out!

Here's another of Bob's photographs of a festival down in the Rocca

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Easter in Midlothian, Virginia 2009

Kyla's Mom, Kim and her husband Shay invited Bob and I to celebrate Easter with their family this year. Having just come home from two funerals - my uncle died the day after Bob's - the thought of spending the day with our granddaughter and a house full of happy children looking for Easter eggs and munching candy sounded perfect to us. Kyla is very lucky to have a large extended family on her Mom and step-dad's side with a bunch of cousins around the same age and they had a ball.

Kyla and her step-sister Becka - about a year apart in age they are best friends

My favorite thing to do!

Kyla and her cousins at Becka's Grandparents house

The Easter Egg hunt!

New Watercolor: Piazza Duomo, Orvieto

Just completed this journal painting. I have always loved this row of shops and restaurants adjacent to the lovely Cathedral (Duomo) with its mosaic-covered facade in Orvieto, in Umbria. This was done in pen and ink with watercolor, painted from one of our photographs. We had gone to Orvieto by bus from Perugia for an exhibition of early Miro sketches at a nearby museum on this summer day. It was lunch time (riposo) and as is typical in Italy, everything was closed.

for a better look, click on the painting

If you are interested in reading more, here's a link to our blog entry from that day:
Orvieto, Thursday, June 9, 2005

Bob's Images of Orvieto on Flicker

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington DC

On my way back to Delaware, I couldn't resist driving through Washington DC to catch a glimpse of the cherry blossoms in full bloom for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Traffic moved at a snail's pace, which was OK by me as I could snap a few photos as I drove by. I had hoped to return for the festival on Saturday, but I don't think that's going to happen as Bob as to work. He started working part time for the 2010 Census (a good way to earn a few extra dollars) and has to work on Saturday!

Kyla's Dance Recital 3/30/2009

On Monday morning, March 30, I drove to Richmond for a quick overnight trip to see Kyla's first Dance Recital. She was so adorable in her two dances - one with Teddy Bears and one tap number to the song "Baby Face." These 4 and 5 year-olds were so cute!!

"Me and my Teddy" dance number

They all got ribbons at the end of the performance

Of course, there were treats at the end!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Buttery Reception 3/29/09

Our Reception at the Buttery went very well on Sunday afternoon, March 29.

Before the guests arrived, at the Buttery

It was a gorgeous day and about 60 people came out. We sold some work and it was fun introducing friends from different parts of the state and different art leagues to each other and just a great opportunity to mix and mingle. We want to thank everyone who came out to support us and the folks who responded to our post cards and mailings.

Thanks to the Buttery who kept the hors'doeuvres coming and the wine flowing and for giving us such a beautiful venue in which to display our work. Our work will remain on exhibit until April 18 at The Buttery Restaurant, Second and Savannah Road, Lewes, DE (302-645-7755).

Friends and neighbors: Mauro, Helen and Woody

Dottie, fellow Mispillion Art League member

More friends who came out to support us: Our Milford Mayor, Dan Marabello and his wife Lee, Scott Angelucci, Nancy Benson, Gail Angelucci and Gervasio Ruiz

Creative Spirt Talk at Rehoboth Art League

The past few weeks have been busy ones for us, as we surrounded ourselves with art and artists and shared our stories and work from Italy. We had the opportunity to present one of Rehoboth Art League's "Creative Spirit" talks on how we kept an artistic record of our travels to an interested group of people who came out on a beautiful sunny day to sit inside and listen to us reminisce! Bob had prepared a slide show presentation of his images and we talked about our adventures in Italy. I showed my journals and spoke about the process. We even brought along some of our Italian CDs to set the mood and brought a selection of my homemade biscotti that - for a complete sensory experience!

At RAL, setting up the projection system and getting ready to talk

Demonstrating how I hold everything to paint in my journal "en plein air"

Showing my journals and talking about the process (our friends, Pat Coluzzi and Dale Sheldon were among the listeners)