I BLAME IT ALL ON THE RENOIR EXHIBIT AT THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM ART’S 2010 EXHIBIT OF RENOIR PAINTINGS. The gift shop had an amazing display of gossamer scarves & I wanted to take everyone of them home with me & wear them always to remind me of the beauty of seeing the world through Renoir’s eyes. Of course, I didn’t even get one scarf so to fill the void I starting collecting scarves at TJ Maxx, Marshall’s & good old thrift shops where scarf beauties hung on racks calling out to me to take them home with them. Sigh. Fast forward to my closet all these years later & you can only imagine all the scarves I own. Have I ever worn them? Sometimes and usually they make me sneeze from the dust they collect hanging around in my closet! So today I pulled them all out. Scarves made of silks & linens, embellished with sequins, pom poms, & lovely tassels. Scarves of turquoise, aqua, blues & purples. Scarves from India sheer & diaphanous, embroidered with elephants. Scarves that really are dreams of the kind of life I dreamed of living. They are not just lovely strips of fabric. They are dreams of romance, of beauty, of a kind of elegant life I simply don’t lead. Sigh. I filled up a grocery bag to go back to the thrift store, but I need to let go of more. Also I’ve now been reminded that all of these scarves state Dry Clean Only. I’m hand washing those I want to keep. It may be just the motivation I need to give more away!
ART JOURNAL NOTES – One of the things I love to do is to take spontaneous illustrated notes during art workshops I attend. Sometimes I am asked how I can do this so fast and my answer is I don’t worry about making mistakes. I move quickly wanted to capture things the teacher is saying that seem powerful to me. I create tiny thumbnail sketches that illustrate the principals the teacher is demonstrating for us. My class notes are illustrated because I am a visual person. When we are sent back to work on our paintings, I very quickly put washes onto my notes. Voila’ a lovely resource guide to help me to actually implement what I’ve been taught.
This workshop was taught by Calligrapher & Artist, Connie Furgason and the pumpkin and pear demo pages were inspired by her two samples.
“A Gift from the Sea” – handmade book (8 1/2″ x 6″), which is designed to be mailed. Watercolor sea shell illustrations on 11 pages (8″ x 5 1/2″). Includes 4 (4″ x 6″) reference photographs of seashells found in San Diego. Available at Etsy: NancyLeeArtByTheSea – https://www.etsy.com/shop/NancyLeeArtByTheSea…