I didn't have much time in the studio this weekend, but it was still a lovely, creative time.
Friday I had a lovely time with my 20-year-old daughter who was back from college for Fall Break. We went shopping for boots and clothes - both very successful! I veered away from the college-aged used clothing store to stick my nose in the art store around the corner. Of course I couldn't get out of there with nothing - I got a couple of gorgeous new brushes I can't wait to use! Isabeys, both - they're hand made in Spain and have fantastic spring and control and are so smooth on the canvas. It's like the difference between trying to draw details with sidewalk chalk or using a pencil. Given how detailed and precise I like to make my paintings, I definitely prefer good brushes!
After I dropped my daughter off to leave for college, I gave myself an Artist's Date - time to myself to do whatever came into my head. I tried to get a haircut, but didn't try very hard really. Instead I wandered around Bon Air aimlessly, checking out a wonderful antique/consignment shop, Goodstuff, that always has cool stuff. I spent 45 minutes reading through their art books and found a terrific one about Falling Water (Frank Lloyd Wright's house I'm enamored with). I swear I should have been an architect! I am so fascinated by looking at houses and their interiors. Chris and I used to spend Sunday afternoons going to Open Houses just for the fun of it! I know - weird! We got some great ideas for our house though!
Saturday afternoon Chris and I re-hung lots of art in our house. We finally hung some of the nudes in the house rather than having them gather dust in the studio while waiting for a show. We hung a couple of large ones in the living room and reorganized the furniture to accomodate them. I really like how they look! One thing I find fascinating is that, because the scale of the paintings is larger than life, our furniture looks almost miniature. We have a beautiful curved rocking chair from my grandmother in front of the picture of Woman in a Chair - the curves complement each other beautifully.