I have been collecting umbrellas for a few years, most of them are old, many of them broken. I owe thanks to my friend Cathy who has a knack for finding the most amazing and beautiful vintage umbrellas. She has added to my collection several high quailty carefully constructed & functional umbrellas. Here are few sketches of my black and white, slightly bent umbrella that I’ve been using this spring.
End of the week update, it has been a busy week full of great little suprises. I inherited a beautiful enormous French Easel from a painter who doesn’t want to move it across the country! It is a great addition to my studio and will hold large canvases, it must be at least 8ft tall! A friend brought some beautiful tulips over for my studio, I finished an experiment in sewing with a bag for my sketchbook, & stumbled upon my friend Jay’s photography published in Creative Arts Quarterly.
I am working writing the content for my email newsletter that will begin in April & also for those of you interested in limited edition prints, there will be more information coming soon. I’ve chosen a couple paintings that will be available in a limited quantity as fine art prints. For anyone who would like to be on my email list, I am still planning to give away a small painting during the month of April, I’ll draw the name (out of a hat!) on the Monday after the Art Crawl. Email me at email@example.com to be added to the mailing list!
Last but not least for my end of the week update, thank you to Mary Diedrick Hansen for her Art Crawl Sampler articles in Downtown St Paul Voice. You can pick up a copy of the paper at businesses all around Lowertown. Or click here to view the paper online.
Dana Sliding on Lake Superior Photograph c.2009 jbasil
Back to work! Tonight I’m working on an ice painting. I spent the weekend on the lake as you can see in the photo. When the conditions are right on the surface of Chequamegon Bay, you can skate on the surface. When I was about 9 years old a friend and I skated across from her shoreline house in the country to the city of Washburn, it must have taken us all afternoon but there is something about open space to intrigue the imagination, much like the blank canvas I am about to tackle.
It is Friday, the sun is out and I have the window open wide this afternoon! It feels like spring. I’m looking forward to being able to set up the easel outdoors soon. I haven’t been setting up in the snow, although I know there are some dedicated painters who paint outdoors year round! This weekend I plan to work on a few more of my finders keepers tags, and other art crawl preparations. More images will be posted soon.
Spring Art Crawl Announcements are on the way! I have also decided to draw one name at random from my mailing list (out of a vintage hat) in April and send out a small real painting! So if you’d like to get announcements in the mail and be put in that drawing for a painting I am giving away in April, send me your address an email firstname.lastname@example.org
The crepes are cooking in the window, steaming up the glass on a cold February day. This is a small attmept at painting La Belle Crepe in Minneapolis, 5 x 7″ Acrylic on Maple Board, and painted with the left hand and at times both hands holding the brush, I think I will attempt painting this location larger scale later in the spring. I just had to push some paint around today.