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For January I signed up for a daily online drawing class with Veronica Lawler.
One of the first lessons was drawing shapes, not lines.
These wood models have been beckoning me to dress them for the New Year.
Left: Adorned with a striped ribbon top, gold ribbon belt and multi-layered skirt of sheer paper, flecked with gold.
Right: In the British tradition, a hat, or fascinator in this case, is the finishing touch. Top is tailored sheer paper contrasting with a skirt of abundant strips of twisting, shimmering green ribbon, with a matching ribbon bracelet.
With a nod to stability, no stilettos!
Imagine Cyndi Lauper singing her anthem: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!”
A few years of theme and variations on Chinese Lantern plant.
Cover for a portfolio of Parisian sketches, about 6” x 8”
This was a gift for friends who liked my sketches of their Parisian flat where we had stayed.
Open, with pockets for prints of sketches
Back home from France, I’m going through my sketchbook:
The castle at Azay le Rideau, was closed, but from the grounds of the gift shop, I had this view of the neighboring church. There was just enough time to do this quick pen sketch. I intended to add watercolor later, but decided it was fine with just a bit of green hedge.
I had long wanted to see the famous stained glass windows in Chartres Cathedral. The windows, even more than I expected, were just part of what I saw: Windows almost beyond number, statues of saints known and unknown; and the on- going cleaning to remove 600+ years of grime…a tedious project, no simple pressure wash job! Note the clean-dirty contrast on photo #3
Paused before cycling across this bridge across La Maine. 108 US soldiers died here, August 8, 1944, freeing the city of Angers. Fitting for Memorial Day.