Monday, November 10, 2014

For the love of Henri Matisse

Somewhere in our teens my friend Judi and I took art classes outside of school. Our eccentric and creative teacher encouraged us to be free, creative and brave with our art. She also had us choose an artist, study their work and learn. There was no internet then, so I wonder at that very young age how I discovered and chose Henri Matisse—curious. So began my love of Henri Matisse and of course, The Beatles.
As I found myself once again drawing and painting with paper cutouts I thought of my lifelong favorite artist, hauled out all my Matisse books and sketched him. 
Thank you Henri Matisse for being a part of my creative life...and you also Jude.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hmmmmmmmm—should I cross the road?

Chickens are the closest known descendants to the Tyrannosaurus Rex so keeping them is very much like having a bunch of tiny “dinos" running around your backyard. They have a hierarchy of bossiness and take dirt baths. Makes me wonder why I am fascinated with them and continue to draw, sketch and paint them...