Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Meanwhile I started back in school to review Spanish. I haven't studied the language or used it in over 20 years so I am hoping to wake up my memory cells. I still read and understand the written language fairly well, but need to work on my speaking skills and understanding of the oral language. The state of New Hampshire has a senior waiver program for those over 65 and I am taking advantage of it. I only have to pay the registration fees and book fee. Since I am auditing, I do not have to pay for the credits. The class is small and I hope we will move through some of the boring grammar quickly. This is at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Here are some of the steps along the way.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Below is my first original idea, just sketched on newsprint. I was thinking about my family and how we passed on our love of music from generation to generation. My father used to listen to classical music and opera on WQXR radio in NY during my childhood. We also had a record player and I took classical piano lessons.
I added more information, music notes and some of my thoughts on sketch #2, which was done on white sketch paper.
I wasn't happy with sketch #2 so I started a new sketch #3 with more changes. I wanted to keep the curves and flow.
I took out the castanets and maracas (I might put them in again on the final, I am undecided). I added some color notes. I moved the clarinet and saxophone down a little. This is the design I am working from for the painting. You can see the shapes better in my outline sketch done in ink on tracing paper at the top of the post.
The underpainting is done and I hope to start my actual painting today. This will be an acrylic painting on canvas mounted on board.