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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My Last Creation

This is the last creation off my easel which was the Week 18 finale of A Diary of Faces.

At the end of a class, I always need to go back inside myself to reflect, rest, and rejuvenate. For some crazy reason, it takes me a while to start painting without the camera running. I think it is something about routine. 

By the end of the year, I expect I will get into a good routine of retirement. I have been trying real hard to NOT have a routine. Now, I'm ready to work some routine into my days. I know this is crazy talk but it is what is on my mind.

That and gratitude. I have so much to be grateful for and I just want to tell you, I am grateful for you. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Nearly everyone was on their way home and I felt extremely blessed to have a couple of extra days at the convent in Orvieto . I passed this painting in the hallway about a gillion times.  Now it was quiet and I stood with it and sketched in my 2010 journal. 

I don't really know if it is a sketch or print as it is behind glass and unsigned. I really liked the monochromatic tones and so when I took my sketch to the studio, I was inspired to try my best to keep the tones as close to sepia and gold as I could.  This is one of my favorites. 

There is much more that I could share from Orvieto but I will call this my last installment. Probably. Maybe. Will see. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Going Back to Orvieto

When I went to Orvieto in 2010, this unsigned print hung straight across from me in the studio. 
I was inspired to paint it in my journal.
Although, it seems that I didn't share that journal page here. 
I will do that now. 

Have I told you I was in conflict about going back to the same place?
 Yes, and I appeased the voices with the notion that a second trip was indeed necessary because I didn't finish my journal. 

I wondered if this painting would still be on the wall in the studio.
I also wondered why I didn't take a photo of it the first time.
Hoping it would still be there on the wall, I had to go back to do that!
My heart sunk the first time we entered the studio.
It wasn't on the wall. 
However, a quick search and I found it in the corner, on the floor, under a cabinet and with a broken glass. 

I stayed some extra days in Orvieto after the class was over and most had departed. 
Then, I pulled out my 2010 Journal and painted another version of her. 

PS:  I may have to go back a third time. I still didn't finish my 2010 journal.
PSS:  I still have one more Orvieto share and then I will get up to date with blogging.......with a new computer and Elements 11 and dealing with all those new learning curves.