Hello Beautiful Art Friends,
It's been a long time since I last wrote and many things have happened since.
In August I had the honor to be invited by Art Traditional Art Gallery in Escondido to participate in their "Something Feminine" art exhibit. First time I wished I had more than 5 paintings of women available in my portfolio.
In September I participated in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. This time I really challenged myself to create landscapes (I seldom paint them) using acrylic (I normally use oil). I created the studies in 5"x7" acid free matboard cards and boy did I learn a lot from the process.
I had planned a trip to Wisconsin months before I knew where my son was going to be stationed for boot camp when he joined the Navy. I spent two weeks in Milwaukee. I enjoyed the Riverwalk down town. It has 20 sculptures along the river. I love the old buildings and the history behind them. I went to the MAM (Milwaukee Art Musuem). I was honestly moved by their collection of art. I almost cried with so much beautiful art around me. The beautiful view of the lake just added to the magic. It took me five hours to see the works of art I wanted to see.
October kept me busy with a commission (which is due in December, so work in progress), and creating abstract work.
I have just returned from my son's boot camp graduation at the Great Lakes, IL. I am so proud of my son. He was made in charge of his division, so it was wonderful to see how he led his division the next day at the airport. He has grown so much.
Since I couldn't make it to Chicago went I went to WI as I caught a terrible cold, I planned for a few extra days in Chicago after my son's graduation. I'm so glad I did. What a beautiful city! So many places to go and see, the Art Institute of Chicago is a must. I was only able to spend five hours there but not enough time to see it all. Plan at least two days for this wonderful museum. I suggest the valet parking. $28 cash plus tip, because finding free parking in this city is tough, save yourself time and a long walk to other established parking garages that charge you just the same.
Their art collection is spectacular, but my favorite had to be the Chagall's stein art glass window! I had to sit down in awe for a while before I could walk away from it. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook (both Gladsart), you probably saw the video I posted there of the window. The Art Institute of Chicago could convert anyone into an art lover.
In December I'm heading back to Tallahassee for two weeks for the holidays. I am looking forward to exploring this town I fell in love with and their art scene.
Happy holidays and may love surround you at all times.
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