Stage of the Lyric Opera
Ball Point Pen on Paper, 8.5×5.5″
My Hubby and I have season’s tickets to the Lyric Opera of Chicago. It is our entire entertainment budget and we sit in the cheap seats. We are in the lower upper nosebleed section. That’s the lower section of the upper balcony. This is the view of the stage as we waited for a recent performance of Lohengrin.
Waiting for a Minivan
Ball Point Pen on Paper, 8.5×5.5″
My trusty minivan had become not so trusty. After some transmission rebuilds and a computer module replaced to the tune of many dollars (boohoo) we decided it  was no longer reliable. The thought of breaking down on the road is not a happy one. So we traded it in on a 3-year old Honda Odyssey. This is the view from a cubicle at the dealer while waiting for financing and the final prep of a new-to-us used minivan.
Ball Point Pen on Paper, 8.5×5.5″
Yesterday we met the parental units of our older son’s sweetheart on the occasion of her birthday. (This could be important!) I got there before anyone else because I was in the city for my Saturday painting session. I waited for an hour because rest of our party was stuck in traffic. (The city is so congested it makes getting around a nightmare.) This restaurant is in the Lincoln Park neighborhood which is very busy and parking is a real problem. As I waited, I kept myself busy by making this drawing.

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February 27, 2011

Qualified Success

Green Tam
Oil on Panel, 20×16″
Everyone who walks in our door to model for us on Saturdays has a certain degree of challenge when it comes to capturing a likeness. Some are more mercurial than others. This woman’s look was very difficult to see and capture. She is a modern dancer and, as one can see by her torso, a physically strong woman. The fact that she took a standing pose for two sessions demonstrates that.
I took a great deal of care to catch her strength and then I was very challenged by time in capturing her facial features. Her red hair played so well against the yellow green of her hat. I just couldn’t find the right strategy for depicting her eyes. I think I can make some correction but I don’t think it will look like her when I am done. I don’t think it will matter much unless the viewer actually knows her and knows who this is supposed to be. I will have to bring my binoculars out for the next time she comes. These geeza eyes will need them.

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February 19, 2011

Illinois Biennial Watercolor and Drawing Exhibition
These are installation views of the Eighteenth Biennial Exhibition of Illinois Watercolors and Drawings. It’s held at the Tarble Arts Center of Eastern Illinois University. It’s juried from the actual work right at the arts center. My friends and I usually pool our deliveries to this show since it  is a 4 hour drive from my location. I think we delivered 16 pieces of work for the jury. If you have work accepted you can wait for the reception to collect the unaccepted work. This year there was a blizzard which kept a lot of people from attending the reception so a lot of work will be waiting for collection at the the closing.
The watercolor in the middle picture is mine. The title is Ed. It is posted on this blog. Just follow the link for a larger view.
You can see its a massive space. My friend, Sigrid, took these pictures of my piece installed for documentation.  Thank you Sigrid!

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February 3, 2011