A perfect day, cool, breezy and sunny, for our Sketch Group to meet and work at the Caldwell Lily Pool at the north end of Lincoln Park Zoo. This is the first of 2 watercolor sketches that I worked on today. The other is not completed yet so I will post it later. There were lots of lilies showing off today, guess they liked the weather too!
Here is another of the experiments from the studio. I have combined pouring paint thru various papers, stencils, actual brush work and mono printing techniques. One seems to be leading to another and I now have close to 20 completed and I am moving on to try some larger works now as well. These works will be the basis for my part of the small group show coming up in September at the CAC Gallery. More info on that later.
Yesterday was warm and breezy and the rain never came, so it was a good day for the zoo. I had to find a spot in the shade where I could still see the flamingos, so I was not as close as I would have liked but I still enjoyed trying to capture their poses. I hope to return on a cooler day when I can tolerate being in the sun, closer to them.
Last week I had the chance to visit the Art Institute with my friend Marilynn and we were able to take our time walking thru the Lichenstein exhibit. There were 160 works in the show and the majority of them I had never seen. I have always been aware of his importance as a reflection of our popular culture, but the exhibit showed be a depth to his work that I had never understood. I especially enjoyed his Perfect/Imperfect Paintings series and the interiors of the artist's studio. This is definitely an exhibit worth visiting.