Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Monday Sunday

Laundry #1, 2011, water markers and pastels. This Laundry  doesn't make Sunday Monday; it's just a drawing.
The following laundry  photographs definitely do, for that's what I'm doing this Sunday morning.

First load: Towels

Shout it out! I  DON'T REMEMBER SPILLING COFFEE!
No need to separate guys; this mixed crowd has been mixing it up for years.

Tomorrow's Monday, I'll be gone--and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday too. So I'm living next week today. Starting with the laundry. Then a little cooking, (I really do not want to eat out four nights in a row, so four dinners coming right up). Then a swim in the lake (After standing all day and driving home in rush hour traffic, a glass of wine on the deck and  nothing more vigorous please)! Then pack a lunch, close up the art case, load it into the car, wash my hair and figure what outfit I have worn for four days straight: my Niki shorts and a shirt of course-- and my white warm up jacket sans coffee spills.  I hit the road at ten to nine in the morning. I'm thinking I should go earlier to scout out the best spot. If I remember correctly from fifty years ago, some work spots were definitely better than others. OMG reality has hit. Linda is leaving the building!

Two 100% cotton canvas pads, tubes of hard-to-get colors
and small filberts arrived just as I walked back into the house
with cheap substitutes. I was thrilled. I hate not having
what was suggested.

I never knew a canvas pad could be so beautiful. I'm glad I chose that
over canvas boards.

Laundry #2,  2011, water markers. Another
favorite drawing of a not so favorite task.
My studio away from my studio the next four days.
Doesn't look like a five star. Then, this workshop will be no vacation.

24 comments:

  1. Look out world, look who's coming!

    I missed out on the laundry series - #1 is fabulous and reminds me of your pastries.

    Integration for laundry! OMG! Well, this is the 21st century, after all.

    Good luck with your workshop. I don't know what I am going to do without a new post from you every time I pick up the phone. Oh, I'll manage somehow I suppose..don't worry about it. Really.

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    1. Thanks Dan. Painting the laundry is a lot more fun than doing it. Washing isn't so bad. Drying isn't so bad. It's folding that's a drag. And what's with packing a lunch? I don't believe in eating where you work. The mind needs to reboot; it can only do that with a change of scene. I love art, but certainly not 24/7.

      I don't know, I might bring my paintings home from school. Then again, maybe I won't? When all is done though, I know I'll have a few words to say.

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  2. I love that first laundry painting. It is so full with colors and structures. I also like the towel laundry picture, that could inspire an semi-abstract painting.
    Can't you do anything without being creative? =)

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    1. Me too Roger. I keep pulling it out of the pile, so I must like it. It makes me wonder why I put away the water markers.

      You're the only one who appreciated my arty laundry photographs. I kept thinking "Mountains of Laundry" as I clicked the photos from all angles. The stuff fell as it fell; no rearranging went on.

      Thank you, you are sweet. Today I'll see just how creative I am. It will be nice to be hopefully among people who are better at the craft than me, but hopefully, I'm not the worst. That would be crushing. I'm such a kid when it comes to making art. It's like I picked up somewhere where I left off--in my early thirties, I think it was that I declared NO MORE CLASSES! I hated still lifes. And all the students were such snobs and had no reason to be. I'm hoping everybody mellowed out.

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  3. Dear Linda ,your diary is so amusing ! Then if I add the fun of my translator is even more amusing.
    The door quinacridone Violet ... purchases arrived last minute ... you bring readers into
    your life ,with a creative energy , full of life-things-done.
    Thanks for your blog-adventures,every day.
    I love all your art work and I hope you have a workshop full of tangible results.

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    1. Me too. I feel like a kid going to her first day at a new school. Will the kids be nice? Will the teacher be good? Do I have all the right stuff? Will I be the worst in the room? What's the best way to get there? Where's the bathroom? It's been a long time Rita since I've done this. And Yesterday, Monday Sunday, I was exhausted getting the house in order for my absence. And all last week I was all over the place gathering up materials and worrying about small size formats and me. This first adventure is longer than just four days. Next one will be a breeze.

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  4. Love your sketches, and stream-of-conciousness style of writing. I am so excited to hear about your time in portrait boot camp! I know you'll do so well, and come back with fabulous stories, techniques, painting ...
    HAVE A GREAT TIME!

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    1. First I have to get in the door. I've got baggage! It rolls, but they have steps. Ah the pain we go through for the inside secrets of portrait painting!

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  5. I'm so glad you got your supplies! Have a FABULOUS week love. I look forward to hearing all about it.

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    1. I was thrilled to see that box on the front porch! I hated not having what was listed. And the canvas pad was a beauty compared to the crap one I picked up to tide me over--both were the same price! Utrecht will get some more of my business.

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  6. Have a great time Linda.

    p/s: coffee stains, I hear you.

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    1. They all came out. I do not recall spilling the stuff all over me--or any work? I must have mopped it up without missing a stroke.

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  7. Oh, I am super excited for you! Have a great time and please show us your work!

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    1. I'll see Susan. Fast is not me. Hopefully it will be in four days. Strategic strokes is what gesture is all about. I think?

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  8. can't wait to get a run down on what you learn....you will have a great time...I know it! Beautiful laundry paintings.

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    1. Thanks Celeste. "They" say to paint what you know. Next I'll be painting the refrigerator as I clean it out. I'm looking forward to it. I just wish today was over. Tomorrow, I'll have the lay-of-the-land.

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    1. You think so Evelyn? So it's excitement that's flying around in my gut. Good. I thought I had butterflies.

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  10. Butterflies are good! Better than having twists of doubts and emotionless swirls about brushes and colors-which is what I had the whole weekend (Oh if only I could digest more easy what people say).
    You seem to have had a good time even before the workshop begun! The new materials gave you an itch and for that I now have the pleasure to enjoy laundry paintings. Love them. Picasso-I think-said 'some take the sun and transform it into a yellow spot, some take a yellow spot and transform it into the sun'. You take pastries, laundry rooms, defect lines on a drawing paper and make it art. You take a much missed red door and make it words for many to read and enjoy.
    Hugs.x

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  11. Your making me feel excited for you!! I have just been catching up on your blog but I still haven't seen who your taking a workshop with? It sounds so exciting and fun!! Well not the laundry part, but you know what i mean. And can I tell you how much I LOVE your drawing at the opening of the post? It is gorgeous!

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  12. When I finally got here all that remained was dust settling ...

    Hope you have a great time and I can't wait for the debrief!

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    1. I can hardly move. It was a full six studio hours. I haven't done that since I was late twenties, early thirties.

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