Thursday, October 11, 2007


I actually got to leave the studio briefly yesterday (and see the sky and feel the air!)... I took over a stack of sketches for Michelle to peruse with a fresh eye. Does anyone else get as completely non-objective about one's own work after staring and working at it non-stop for hours on end? Anyhow, I find it helps to occasionally come up for a breather and get another perspective, just to keep me on track.

Michelle gave her usual astute input on things anatomical and as we finished up our brief session, walked me to her car to retrieve the above beautiful painting from her trunk. I fell in love with this piece of hers months ago when she brought it to one of our critique group meetings and finally worked up to actually purchasing it from her. I am so very pleased! It is gorgeous, and much richer than my glare-y photo indicates. (There really is no substitute for seeing actual brush strokes on canvas, or washes on paper. ) Michelle's painting has evolved so much in the last few years, it is an inspiration to see, and motivating to attempt to apply to one's own work ethic.

There is nothing like a good critique group. Or "real", in-person art. Thanks again Michelle for both!

Quote for the day:
"The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high
and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."

Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1474-1564,
Italian Renaissance Painter and Sculptor


Rebecca Bush said...

It is so fabulous to be able to enjoy real art in your own home! Congratulations on owning a Michelle original!

Chris.P said...

That's a very classy piece of work Tara.

...Can I boast that I have a friend who is an Art Collector now;¬)

bendtherulz said...

very nice art, and it was good to see the quote of the day. I thought it was from anonymous...!
Tk care ~

Joanna said...

I miss being part of a studio and having crits. Ones work benefits so much from it. Lovely painting.

michelle said...

Thanks Tara for the lovely words. One day I hope to owne an original from everyone in the group. I better get busy and sell more paintings.

Soozcat said...

That is lovely. It makes you wonder about the story of the young man in the painting.

Merisi said...

Beautiful painting!
And you actually spied the sky! Was it blue? I hope.

Anonymous said...

I've always liked the quote but never knew who said it. The painting is nice!

Maddy said...

We had fun = thank you!