Thursday, January 28, 2016

You Can See Forever!

Looking south from E Randolph 

Our Monday sketch group is back in the swing after a brief hiatus for the holidays. Last Monday we met at a member's condo and sketched the view from her 29th-floor window! What a view! We could see Lake Michigan, Adler Planetarium, the Aquarium, the Field Museum, Soldier Field, and on, and on, and on!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

An Elephant Never Forgets

17th-Century Elephant Automaton Clock  Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA)

Sometimes when I'm the docent-on-duty at LUMA, in between tours, I sketch in the galleries. They're quick pencil sketches, almost doodles. I add the color when I get home. 

This is a sketch of a 17th-century automaton clock from the D'Arcy Collection at the museum. Jonathan Canning, LUMA's Senior Curator, was a driving force in reanimating the piece. The Turkish figures on the top move around in a circle, the elephant's handler's arm moves up and down and the entire piece parades in a circle. A remarkable achievement for when it was created as well as for today. That's the good news.

The sad news is that Jonathan is leaving LUMA and going the Glens Falls, New York, and the Hyde Collection.  He will be greatly missed. 

Thank you, Jonathan, for all you've done for LUMA and for all you taught me over the last five years. Godspeed.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Happy New Year!

At the end of the year, many of us look back and take stock of the past year, what we’ve done, what we didn’t do, and maybe, what we wish we had done. I like to page through my sketchbooks and see how my sketches have changed over the year. What worked? What didn’t? What do I need to work on more? It’s always interesting  and there’s always a surprise or two. Then there’s the look to the new year, where would I like my work to be a year from now?

Looking toward the new year, I always choose a word as a theme for the year, some trait or habit that I'd like to make part of my life. This year the word is Simplicity. In a hubbub world of buy, get, do, hurry, etc. simplicity is the goal. Just saying it is like a deep breath. Where will simplicity lead me and my work?
Stay tuned.

Friday, December 4, 2015

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Crèche from Samoa #LUMA

Art & Faith of the Crèche, The Collection of James and Emilia Govan is the annual holiday show at the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA). It's an exhibit of Nativity scenes from around the world. This year there's a special focus on South America.

This is a quick sketch I did last year of one of my favorites. It's also today's featured crèche in LUMA's online Advent Calendar.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Who's on First

Oh, wait, that's baseball! This week it's school, homework, Karate, choir, basketball. I'm on Nana duty. It's been a while since I've had to juggle more than just my schedule! Bob and I picked up our laptops and briefcases, carried them across the city – score one for technology. It's business as usual between 8 am and 3 pm. All other times we're the chief cook and bottle washer, driver, homework monitor, snuggler, and – a list too long to complete here.  We're a little rusty, but we haven't lost the knack.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Little Monday Reportage

The Thompson Center, Chicago

The Monday sketch group met at the Thompson Center. It's always a whirlwind of activity. I'm a great admirer of the art of reportage drawing and this is a great place to practice. That, along with working on sketching larger, had me lost in the process and thoroughly enjoying it. Even the challenge of the Dubuffet sculpture wasn't quite as frustrating as past attempts.

This sketch is done in my 8x8 Hand•Book sketchbook.