Monday, July 26, 2010

Portfolio Students-Congratulations!!!

Congratulations to all my talented students who are heading off to college next month. Some of the schools that my former students are attending:
Rhode Island School of Design
Maryland College of Art and Design
Savannah College of Art and Design
Wesleyan University
Art Institute of Boston/Lesley University
University of Pennsylvania/PAFA
St.Mary's of Maryland
Penn State
Hobart and William Smith
Mary Washington

*Bike drawing by Elizabeth Von Oehsen RISD '14

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Iced Tea Recipe

Whew! It is hot around here this summer! Here is my favorite recipe for making sweet iced tea. Use a glass container. My mason jar fits 14 cups of water. Here is the recipe:

14 cups of filtered water
7 tea bags
1 cup pure cane sugar
4 -5 big sprigs of mint
Put everything in the jar. Close tightly and swirl it around to stir up the sugar. Place it outside in full sun for several hours or until the tea is a very deep golden brown. It should be very strong! Take it inside and pull out the tea bags and mint. Pour over ice, or put in the fridge to cool. This is a great picker upper on a hot day.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Opera Mural #3 Carmen

I have started the third of my Opera Murals for my wonderful clients on Capitol Hill. This one is based on the opera Carmen, and will be about six feet wide by eleven feet tall. Like the others it will disguise a secret elevator door. There will be a tiny doorknob which when pulled will open the mural to reveal-an elevator! The bottom image is the drawing on canvas of the lower part of the mural. It is charcoal, on fire retardant muslin that has been primed with tinted gesso. The main figures of Carmen and Don Jose will end up just about at the viewer's eye level when the mural is installed. In the foreground are the women from the cigarette factory as well as little street urchins and some matadors in fancy hats. In the middle ground is Don Jose's rival on a white horse. (I can't wait to paint that!) and in the distance is the bull fighting arena with a bullfight going on. The image on the top is the upper part of the mural, also drawn in charcoal on canvas. This is the balcony above the arena. It is populated by soldiers and ladies in hats holding fans. I am about to start with the color, so please check back to see the progress.