Today is summer art class and I have not worked on last week's drawing and the week before's and...! Thought I'd have so much time this summer and it's blowing past me. Okay, I'm packing my art supplies with anticipation of a good day.
A good day yesterday. Haircut! Then an attempt to go to the early summer movie but it wasn't happening. Weekends only. So, off to get the flagpole we've been wanting. "Uncommon USA Inc." on St. Charles Road in Lombard. Nice people! http://www.uncommonusa.com/ . Lunch at Maggiano's in Oak Brook. A glass of Chardonnay, and I don't usually care for Chardonnay but this was a good one! "Sterling" Chardonnay. A celebration of the day!
Mornings are darker longer. I wake up knowing it's morning but it's still dark. Sunrise this morning was at 5:31, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. I didn't even hear the birds. It's now 5:48 and I hear a few peeps. And the mouse is still trying to make a home in our barbeque.
The nights are cold and the mornings chilly, but Danielle still paints the summer flowers. I don't know about that yellow diamond. When I asked, she replied "it's just a diamond in the sky". I think that's a good thing.
I am glad I have her flowers to look at. My garden is not so orderly this year. The birds transplanted my hollyhocks so they are right in the front of everything and lemon balm took over the rest. I must think about rearranging in the Fall.
Today, it was off to see a movie! Me, Dan, Danielle and Aunt Julie went to see "G-Force". It was adorable! We were laughing so hard with tears in our eyes. A little crying tears too. But you have to have an attachment for hamsters and gerbils and mice. Julie used to have a gerbil named "Spike" and he looked so much like the gerbil in the movie. Those parts were quite touching.
It was a most beautiful day yesterday for our plein air art session. We packed up and met at the Lurie Garden. What an interesting place! One of our artists, Ann, is also a tour guide there and so we had our own personal gift of information. The sight of "Purpurlanze", with the city as a backdrop, is truly awesome.
More than half of the plants in the Lurie Garden are native.
"City in a Garden. A unique combination of spatial structure, plantings and lighting design, the garden celebrates Chicago and its landscape." Lurie Garden Guide
"The interior of the Lurie Garden is composed of two adjacent plates that appear to rise from the surface of the plaza. The two plates are divided by a wooden boardwalk called the Seam, which is suspended over water." Lurie Garden Guide
The beautiful Day Lily. This one is called "Gentle Shepherd". A perfect name.
This is the view I decided to draw. I love the little handmade twig corner fences and the lovely garden against the buildings of the city.
The Anemone hupehensis "Splendens" is an old friend of mine. I first saw it in Door County and I think it's one of most graceful and beautiful flowers ever.
The time for drawing and painting was up and it was time for lunch and the critique. Lois helps us with ideas and encouragement to finish our artwork.
We found a great little shady spot where we could all sit around and listen.
We were anxious to see what everyone else had done.
It was a wonderfully peaceful place and the sounds of the traffic in the distance seemed far, far away.
A good time was had and a full day for us artists...
Today is my second workshop of the summer. We will be making lunch bag scrapbooks. This one is an ode to Spring.
Thoughts of green, new flowers and birds nesting.
This one will hold the seeds that I save and sometimes never seem to plant, but I want to know where they are just in case.
Maybe their colors on paper will inspire me.
And this one is for all my little "good for you" recipes. We have been talking about favorites in our "The Writer's Diet" group and thought it would be a good idea to put them into this book where I can be reminded of them and where I can find them easily.
My love of nature and love of paper have influenced my love of drawing, painting and making things for as long as I can remember. For me, there is excitement in the visual pleasure I get from copying the beauty of nature. The colors. The gentleness. With my artwork, I seek to inspire and enlighten the viewer.