Saturday, March 20, 2010

Elephants in D.C.

This week I was feeling a little depleted so I decided on a whim to go into D.C. to see the elephants walk through town on their way to the Verizon Center for the circus. I don't know why seeing things out of their element is so exciting, but it is. They stopped in front of the Capitol so we could take pictures. They were also joined by clowns and horses. It was just what I needed.

Chester Dale Show at the National Gallery

I love Washington D.C. because most of the museums are free. It is so nice to be able to pop in to see a show without feeling like you need to stay all day. I went into to see the paintings from the Chester Dale collection. There are paintings by Degas, Van Gogh, Manet, Picasso, Matisse, etc. and currently you can see the images on the National Gallery web site. For this exhibit I was allowed to take pictures so I took a close-up of Degas's Four Dancers. I love the way Degas doesn't feel the need to fill in every detail like on the dancer's arm.

HerStory vs. History

The Art League Show for March is titled "HerStory" and is meant to honor women throughout history including the present. The show was juried by Barbara Rachko. My painting "White Bikini" was accepted. Lately I've been going to open-life classes to paint models and then alternating that with painting from one of my photos. I took many photos this past summer in Italy.