Sunday, September 23, 2012

Proud Mom Alert!

 He blogs now, too.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Inspiration: Sonia Delaunay

Here's another artist I'm learning about right now. 
 Sonia Delaunay was born in the Ukraine in 1885, into a poor family. She went to live with her wealthy uncle when she was a little girl, and was well-educated by them, and they eventually adopted her. She went to school in Germany, then convinced her aunt and uncle to send her to art school in Paris.

 She married a gay art collector friend, Wilhelm Uhde, in order to stay in Paris. Her aunt and uncle wanted her to return to St Petersburg, marry and live the life of a wealthy aristocrat. She wanted none of it. Soon, she started exhibiting her work. Within a year she met Robert Delaunay, divorced Uhde, and married Robert. They had a baby, Charles, in 1911. She made him a 'modernist' baby quilt, which began her explorations with fabric. However, Robert's career often took precedence over hers.

Sonia started designing clothing around 1912. She continued exhibiting her work. In 1917, the Russian Revolution caused funding from her uncle to abruptly end. She launched a fashion business to make money. She designed the interior of a nightclub,and opened a shop, selling her fabrics to interior decorators.

 In the early 1920s she designed her first coats in wool tapestry. Movie starts were soon seen wearing her creations. She designed furniture for film sets.

 Here's a costume she designed for the opera Cleopatra  in 1917. She designed costumes for other ballets and operas as well.
But the great depression wiped out her fashion business. She resumed painting.

 Her husband Robert, became sick and died in 1941.
After Robert's death, she went to live with artist friends hiding out in the countryside of southern France. After the war, she resumed her career and exhibited her work regularly.

She continued to exhibit her work all over the world, and had retrospective exhibits in Antwerp, the US, and Japan. She won many awards. 
Sonia passed away in 1979.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Look at those pretty yellow pears on the table...

Think I'll paint them. This is how it looks in phase one,  before I covered it all up with ink...

And... the final painting. Sorry, a crooked photo will have to suffice, couldn't scan it...yet. I'm in new computer hell here, having to upgrade everything, with nonstop glitches along the way. 
BTW, thanks for all the kind comments recently... so far all is going well in Rhode Island.  (classes start tomorrow, with a 5 hour drawing class - sounds like fun to me!) 
Our dog, Roo, has been climbiing the spiral stairs to his attic room and sleeping on his bed the last few days.
I know how she feels.

Friday, September 7, 2012

On his way...

So, our boy left for college on the other side of the country today. The listmaking, scrambling, packing, and rushing around has been intense in our house these last few days. These are not very good photos of the quilt I made, at his request, for his bed in the dorms; "Kinda dark, maybe brown, lumberjack-ish, and would you please use this old plaid shirt of mine?"
OK, one brown quilt, coming right up. I didn't want to put a huge amount of effort into this one, 'cuz who knows what kind of shape it will come back in. I fondly remember my time in college dorms and all the crazy things we did. My mom will be pleased to know he also packed the baby quilt she made long ago.
To wrap up in when he's homesick? Maybe.
I'm looking forward to our first skype chat tomorrow, and a tour of his new digs.
Oh, my boy, the house is already so lonely without you.
And so am I.