My busy time began last week and it seems I haven't caught up yet. Wednesday, we had our regular watercolor meeting. I always arrive early to help the program person set up. It was a great program with Taft Museum of Art curator, Tamera Lenz Muente, giving the talk and PowerPoint show on Winslow Homer's Adirondack watercolors. Everyone was very complimentary about her program.
Homer painted hundreds of watercolors, many of them from his years spent in the Adirondack area. The paintings are of hunters, fishermen, and nature around the area before it became a place for tourists (which meant more roads and buildings and more people).
If you are interested in seeing some of the paintings Tammy showed us, just go to http://www.winslow-homer.com where you will see the complete works of this fabulous artist who painted in oils and watercolor. He had a real respect for watercolor, considering his watercolors to be finished works, not just studies or preparations for oils. While I do like the Adirondack watercolors and realize he is painting a way of life, my favorites are the ones he painted in Bermuda and the Bahamas - I think because of the light in those.
After the program, we had a Leadership Team meeting. Deb and I only had about 1/2 hour or less to attend that to share in the discussion about the new team members coming in March 2014 and what we are going to do without a Program Chair (since no one wants to take it on for 2 years).
Then we had to jump in our cars and drive to Mariemont for our first drawing class in the Russian tradition - from Natasha Kinnari from Stalingrad.
Oh, my! One would think it would be easy to draw boxes. But it was not!! We were all sent home with homework - although some students got "stars" in class for their in-class work, I did not. I sure hope I'm not going to be the slow kid in class - or have to wear a dunce cap (and if I do, I hope it's a colorful one in cobalt blue with crows on it!).
I am seriously spatially challenged. When Natasha would come to my easel and stand and look at what I was drawing - and then make changes to the angles of the lines I'd drawn, I couldn't see that the changes were correct and I was wrong. What's up with that? I never could put those bits together to form shapes in school tests, either. I just don't "see" it.
So...I was up at 5 am Friday morning, rummaging around for boxes around the house. I got my drawing materials together, set up my box on a table, and tried my hand at drawing a box. A simple box. Sweetie even tried to help me when he got up much later - which he did, to an extent but he wants me to use a ruler and a compass and a protractor and Natasha says that is "technical drawing" which is not what she wants us doing. Oh, dear. I have to "train my eyes to see" correctly. So far, I'm going to need a lot of training!
What else has kept me busy?
Getting a lesson ready for my students coming Tuesday. (I was so busy last week, I had to cancel last week's class because I didn't have a lesson plan ready or materials for the students. Turns out 2 students couldn't attend anyway, so that wasn't too bad.) I am ready for this week and am going to let them try out Tyvek paper.
Oh, and I've begun taking Pilates. Yep, I finally decided I am not going to get in shape by wishing I was in shape. This studio makes you take 4 introductory sessions with an instructor - one on one - before going into classes. And I've had 4 one-hour sessions on the Reformer (that Pilates machine that is the foundation of studio Pilates classes) already and signed up for 5 more + 5 classes. I like the attention to detail I get with the instructor (Kelli, who is great!) so I'm doing the exercises on the Pilates Reformer correctly and getting in tune with my core - making my center stronger should help my back and shoulder issues - plus it just makes me feel better; like I'm doing something besides sitting around gaining weight in all the wrong places.
So that was my week. I have my first Pilates in a class situation this morning. I'm not sure early morning is the time my body wants to work out, but there are only 5 spaces available when using the Reformers, and you have to take the time that has openings. So Sunday morning, it is.
And I will try drawing boxes again today (hopefully, with less hair pulling and gnashing of teeth this time). I have to figure out how to measure, how to get the angles right, and how to lessen the tension I feel whenever I pick up a pencil in a drawing class - and get over myself and just do it! (That's after I clean the house to get ready for Tuesday's class.)
This may not seem like a lot to most of you, but for me, it's a lot of things keeping me busy - and trying to keep track of when I can schedule things and when I cannot. Whew!!! I think I may need to get a day planner! ha ha