Been trying to send some photos this morning, but my resolution is too big. Will work on this.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Thursday, September 04, 2014
In October, I am teaching a 2-day workshop for the LLL Center in Upper Arlington. The workshop was advertised as oils, water soluble oils and acrylics. I heard last week that all the people who have signed up so far use either acrylic or oils. So . . . a bit of panic set in!
and this is my "Make it Work" moment.
|Thank you Tim Gunn!|
after six hours of painting time.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
We're back in the US, working on our second all-day drive. I'm trying to catch up on the blog, so bear with me.
I am a bit disappointed that all the large picture files I attached to the last post didn't go through.
After our basilica tour, we took a carriage ride with André, and his horse, Duke.
Then Natalie chose Japanese for lunch. She had teriyaki chicken and shrimp tempura, we had the special sushi lunch.
We continued walking, and I found this lovely Art Deco building offering luxury apartments for rent.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
"It smells like pigs!"
"Not pigs, it's horses or cows," says I.
Martin chimes in, "Or as my uncle used to say, 'it's the smell of money'."
I chime in with, "And your Mother would say, 'there's that fine country smell."
Monday, August 11, 2014
Mixed feelings this morning. We're in the car heading for Montreal. It's about a 7-3/4 hr. drive from Stratford.
"Christina, the Girl King", by contemporary Canadian playright, Michael Marc Bouchard (with excellent translation by Linda Gaboriau)
"The Beaux Stratagem", a magnificent comedy, by George Farquhar.
"King Lear", by The Bard, starring Colm Feore.
"Alice Through the Looking Glass", by Lewis Carroll, adapted for stage by James Reaney.
"King John", by William Shakespeare, starring Tom McCamus.
"Crazy for You", the New Gershwin Musical, music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, book by Ken Ludwig.
"King Lear", acted by The Queen's Company", starring our Granddaughter, Natalie Lynch - and her class of 21 young actors.
"Man of La Mancha", written by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, Lyrics by Joe Darion.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
I've been doing a lot of sketching over the past few weeks. And now, we"re back in Stratford, Ontario for the Shakespeare Festival. First night, we saw "Christina, the Girl King", by a contemporary French Canadian playwright. The English translation was outstanding, as were the costumes.
I was thrilled by the use of shadow in the opening scene (especially since I had been posing my granddaughter in just such a manner at home) and quickly retrieved my sketchbook from my purse. It was dark, so I started with blind contour. Later, when there was slightly more light, I was able to capture a couple sketches that were slightly more studied.
Monday, May 19, 2014
|This is why I don't know grammar!!!|
and my good friend, Susie, brought it to my attention.
If you're interested in learning the proper use of "we" and "us",
which I'm sure we all learned many years ago,
here is a link to check it out:
I love the name of the site, and in no way connect it to my friend. I love grammar; I love our language; and I appreciate all corrections. Now I must correct my text, before going out to see "Gozilla" with my grandson.
Friday, May 16, 2014
|SOLD • Paris Pochades #7: "Apartment Still Life"|
11-1/2" x 7-1/2" Oil on Arches Paper for Oils
Copyright 2013 Debra Joyce Dawson
6" x 8" Oil and Graphite on Arches paper for oils
Available • Copyright 2013 Debra Joyce Dawson
Last year right now, I was sitting on a plane to Chicago, my connecting flight to Paris, France.
It's hard for me to believe that a year has gone by. I spent 12 wonderful days in Paris, even if it was raining more than I'd have liked.
My fellow Francophile, Janet, and I had just come from Charvin, a gorgeous art supply shop on Quai des Grands Augustins. I saw this view, and I went back with excitement the next day to paint it. Although painting above was started on site, frequent rain showers that morning had me shielding myself and my small magnetic easel under my Camino poncho and a windshield sun protector so often, that it became fruitlest. I threw in the towel and finished at home from memory. I used my trusty palette knife and left some graphite marks on the surface that I applied that day. The blue green bus is a color that Janet picked at Charvin. I promised to use in every painting I did on my trip, from that point on.
I don't use 'colors of convienence' often. I could easily mix that color from the six colors that I use, but it was fun to use, and a great memory of our time together once I'd left Paris.
The painting is still for sale at the gallery and was part of my 7th Solo Exhibition at Sharon Weiss Gallery this past April. The show was a rousing success, and I have so many people to thank.
Here's a link to Quai des Grands Augustins, just in case you need your fix of Paris. If you scroll a little to the right, you can see Notre Dame from above. Sigh!
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Here's a painting that was donated to the December 2013 "Dart for Art" fundraiser event held at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus, OH. To benefit the Columbus Museum of Art, this even was sponsored by their Women's Board. What fun to be a part of this event!
|"Morning Weeding, Franklin Park Conservatory"|
16" x 20" oil on stretched canvas
Copyright Debra Joyce Dawson