We have still lifes!
All 20 x 16." They are mounted to board and the varnish is drying this very moment. Frames arrived and standing by (whew!)
It was a busy week pushing to get these ready! By Thursday night they were assembled and sitting under weights while the glue dried.
Over the weekend, I saw my family for Father's Day and a very special birthday celebration in Philadelphia. I completed the first bunny collage for my Dad a few weeks ago, but have been waiting to post it so that I wouldn't spoil the surprise.
After wrapping the bunny for transport, I (finally!) worked up the courage to hand print the owl block. (Also, this kept me occupied so that I wasn't tempted to remove the still lifes too early.)
|24 x 20" relief print on gray paper and found book pages, collage|
I finished the owl just before heading to Philadelphia. Sometimes, I wonder if my love of art is, in part, biological. We made family field trips to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Mutter Museum. I tried to head toward the Philadelphia Museum's famous American collection, but got distracted by playing "skull-scavenger hunt" in the the Medieval and Northern European Renaissance sections along the way...
|(and these are only the ones that I got pictures of...;))|
|a relief sculpture of a helmet with wings, a still life with a squirrel, stained glass,|
a parrot(!), tracery, winged figures
|Now you may be wondering - were there any owls? |
Yes! The building has an owl sculpture perched in the pediment
(I took spotting an owl before entering as
a sign that it was going to be a very fun visit.)
|I saw lots of unexpected things, |
such as this lovely kelpy mermaid
But the best may have been this - an "ink painting" by Hendrick Goltzius:
|[nerd alert:] "Who are you Mr. Goltzius and where have you been all my life?"|
|"I love you as much as I love Master P.W. of Cologne"|
(and that really is saying something, haha ;))
I thought this was fantastic! It's ink on gray canvas heightened with oil paint. Having just finished the owl that morning, this palette and technique really struck a chord with me. I think some more research is needed, but it gives me some technical ideas... (hmmmmmm.)
I got some beautiful views of the city: