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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

School is back in session

...and I have mixed emotions about it. On the one hand, it's nice to have a few mornings a week to call my own, but on the other hand, it's awfully early to start school, in my opinion. I remember, back in the day, not starting until the day after Labor Day. I realize that kind of dates me, but it's true. I firmly believe that the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day sacred summer time. Alas, the school board did not choose to consult me on this, so I guess we'll just go with the flow.
Linda and I had an art-excursion type morning. We first headed over to the McClung Museum on the university campus and poked around their exhibits. I got a chance to draw skeletal figures, rather than the fleshy ones I've been concentrating on recently. Wonderful place, the McClung. It's going on my list of places to visit weekly , I think. Chock FULL of wonderful things to draw, benches on which to sit, non-intrusive docents...VERY nice.
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Derwent drawing pencils in large Moleskine sketchbook.
We also went over the the art museum and checked out the Rembrandt exhibit. I must say, it was breathtaking. Honestly - his faces are just remarkable. Some of the etchings are no more than 2 inches across, and yet he somehow manages to portray them with intense emotion and wonderful character. I'm going to be sharpening my pencils to a needle-like point and seeing what I can do in reducing the figure to this size. I was honestly moved by them - if you have a chance to see them, here or elsewhere, please do. I'll be going back and taking my kids before it goes away.
So that's the plus of school starting. I had an entire morning devoted to art and friendship and not once did I have to tell Linda to stop daydreaming and finish her homework. sigh.