Saturday, May 28, 2011
High School Graduation Memorial Day Weekend
I like this idea I stumbled across with Photoshop for a painting, but my friend says it makes her dizzy. The strong color contrast in combination with the density of the pouring motion I suspect? The pouring, dripping, rain running down the window pane does look like that. The droplets and runs have tubular dimension. --The colors of the landscape beyond the glass are a lot more subdued--grays and greens and whites--the whites are translucent. the colors soft and fuzzy. There are touches of blue. Driving around on my errands yesterday, I thought Elmer's glue would be a substance to try. It's thick enough to draw with using a pastry bag? I put it on my shopping list. Color order is something else to play with as well...
Paintings often begin in my head. These weeks I've seen---we've all seen--a lot of rain, so much of it, my thoughts have obviously been saturated. Will this painting get painted or will it remain in imagination? I don't know. --Probably not. Continuous rain is like Fall and Winter, a bummer for me. Instead, I putting the idea of painting aside and going to a high school graduation. The future leaders of our country will cheer me up with their antics.
How odd it is that all this fun will be had the day before a day of national mourning when people honor the fallen in battle by going on picnics and to the beaches and pools newly opened for summer. How odd it is that Memorial Day is ironically the saddest of holidays at the happiest time of the year. How odd it is that we call this solemn occasion a holiday. But then it isn't odd at all. We're celebrating life thanks to those who have given theirs. My flag is at half mast in remembrance and respect--and I send my sincerest thanks to all the families who have given a child for love of country. My granddaughter is considering the Peace Corp after college. I hope she holds on to that idea and makes it her mission; this world needs all the peacemakers it can get.