Sunday, April 11, 2010

These are my latest paintings, a moray eel and a sea dragon. I'm working with a smaller #1 brush , 1/8" wide and pointy - marking pens bleed with water, which is annoying . I'm working more slowly and carefully, savoring each stroke. It reminds me of my first paint-by-number but I get to design and paint it.
My recent trip to Kansas for my son's wedding was wonderful- I love his bride who is beautiful inside and out. I was able to visit the wonderful Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City twice. I really wanted to see the larger than life-sized gilded statue of Kwan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of Compassion. I've seen her reproduced so many times and used her image in some fun collages in the early '90s. She was hidden behind a screen, quite befitting her modesty , as a new exhibit was being installed- I took a peek through the joints of the screen and a blurry photo too. My English brother commented "You wouldn't find a museum of this quality in a city of similar size in the UK." It was like a mini British Museum, so many different cultures were represented. I'll be going back there for sure. I didn't get to the African art.