Saturday, January 24, 2009


I am proud to report that I worked on my taxes Friday at the Gallery Concord and now only have a few more hours of work before I can take them to the accountant. I have never completed this task so early in the year. I feel like a grownup!

Today I worked on my workshop outline and script for awhile, then went to the shopping center. I sat on a bench and did some sketching for about 1/2 hour. I had a clear view of the M.A.C (cosmetics) window. What fun! Most of the sketches were terrible because everyone kept moving. I think there is a painting in there somewhere. Anyway, I don't think anyone noticed what I was doing and I was highly entertained with my activity. I hadn't thought about this as a good spot for sketching. No weather to deal with and the bench was very comfortable. I shall do this again, but leave my credit cards at home.

The best part of my outing is that I ran into an old friend I haven't seen in so many years. What a joy to see her and catch up a little.

And that brings me to todays' image. This is a painting of Colleen. She was in the Charles Reid Workshop I took a few years ago. I thought she had such a wonderful face and expressive gestures that I kept photographing her while she was checking out the Master's work. I did tell her I had taken some photos of her and she was okay with that. I ran into Colleen at the Drawing Marathon in Oakland recently and she asked me to send her this image. It is a favorite painting of mine but I never get to show it because it is on Clayboard, not paper. The nice thing about a blog is it works like your own personal gallery, so now I get to show off "Colleen".


Joan Sandford-Cook said...

.. and show off Colleen you should. Wonderful expression - provides a narrative of her trying to decided which to choose. Your work is always inspirational.

RHCarpenter said...

What a wonderful portrait of your friend :) She was really intent on watching, wasn't she?

Nancy Standlee said...

Great painting and so glad we got to see it. Thanks.

Mary Paquet said...

Terrific painting. I love the expression on her face. I'm sure she will pleased with the image.

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Congratulations on getting your work on the taxes done! I do like the expression on "Colleen"; it's familiar but new. How did you like working on the clayboard?

TSL said...

I went back several pages on your blog, nice work you do. This one I was particularly drawn into.

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