For a very long time now I've felt uninspired to paint anything but landscapes and figures, but for some mysterious reason lately I've been happy to get back to the little artificial world of the still life.
It's only Valentine's Day, but Trader Joe's has a great deal on Daffodils. Turns out they are imported from England, and my eco-warrior son chastised me for buying them, saying that imported flowers are bad for the environment. I looked into the issue, and he is right. Sigh.
I'm teaching six separate classes this winter/spring. Six! Each one is at least 8 sessions (this doesn't include the all day workshop that I held in January). I enjoy teaching, and over time I've learned some methods for making it less stressful and more successful. There is nothing worse than feeling underprepared- I'm sure everyone has had that terrible dream where you find yourself in school or at an important interview and realize you forgot to wear clothes :)
So, to feel truly prepared, I always complete any exercise that I ask a student to do. In my Intermediate Drawing Class tonight, I'm asking everyone (well, telling them) to draw a still life using only the negative spaces, and above is my example. It was both relaxing and inspiring to draw this way, with no plan to try and sell it, and certainly no plan to take it very seriously.
I lingered near Rodin's The Kiss for a long time, trying to surreptitiously take picture after picture, with more than a few curious looks in my direction. I like the contrast here between the woman bundled for winter, and the spendidly naked couple she's observing. I'm happy with this painting.