Thursday, June 30, 2011
Monday, Tuesday and Verinssage
On Monday, our model, Rozsa (that's the proper spelling), left us. What a sweetie. We miss her already. The rest of us worked in the studio from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Meg spent her last day with us also.
Tuesday, another long day in the studio. The students worked so diligently, they even preferred to decline a last excursion so they could spend more time in the studio. We planned a plein air session for the evening; Kippy packed a picnic dinner, with wine of course. Some of us went with Kippy in the van to scout out a good painting location, the rest followed with bikes as soon as they knew where to go. We found a charming little town 5 miles away, with sunflower fields in the distance. In case you non-artists don't know what plein air is, it's painting outside. 45 minutes after setting up our easels, 30 minutes after the bike-riders arrived, thunder and lightening sent us packing, and frantically peddling home, where we spread the picnic on the patio table. The storm followed us, and sent us packing again into the dining room, where we listened to the thunder and hail.
Wednesday, our Vernissage, or private exhibition. We finished painting in the studio around 4:00, cleaned up the studio, thumb-tacked our work onto foam-core, set a table with flowers, hors d'oeuvres and champagne, washed ourselves up a little, and waited for guests to arrive. Here are some pictures taken while we were setting up, before the guests arrived.