Sunday, May 31, 2009

               It is fitting to create a new post on the last day of May, with a beautiful spring sunrise. 


The days are lengthening and the weather is finally changing. We had a lot of wind, rain and cold, the result was that the pink climbing roses, heavy with blossoms broke their retaining wire and fell. I hoisted them back up onto a strong nylon line and they rewarded me with fragrant prolific blooms. This is my little corner of the earth after all the rain, rich in color, wild purple bells climb the steps. I have herbs in the boxes and have planted two tomatoes, one called corazon and the other a cerise.

Here is a close up of the pink roses. Now as the wind picks up and days are getting warmer, the delicate fragrant petals have begun to fall and cover the walkway creating a light carpet. Will my compost be sweeter next year when I sweep them up? I visited the beautiful Rose garden in Doue la Fontaine  and of course in the gift shop there were many options of rose products to buy. It was a hot afternoon so I ordered a scoop of rose ice cream. yuk! Tasted like grandma's soap!

Up the river from me, I shot this little wild plot by the roadway. I don't know if someone intended a little fairy garden, but it is a tiny paradise of color. The poppies are brilliant in the morning sun.

Well down to the business of art and learning form and structure, which is why I am here after all. This was a four week pose that I did in sepia and white on a light blue paper. Magda's eyes are the clear blue of the paper and I enjoyed letting that be the only bit of the paper that showed through.
Here is the beginning of the painting of Pulcinella, second in a series of Commedia masks. This is a color wash, that is, done without medium like a water color which serves as the base. I have partially started form painting in the right corner of the draperies and a part of the bass recorder.  The photo shows the model in the background. The cup is the hand turned ceramic copy of an antique and the big white clay pot I found to be quite elegant.
I close today, the Sunday before Pentecost with this incredibly joyous  gem,  the perfection of Nature's design.The miracle of structure and form is that there are no two forms exactly alike, yet the blueprint exists and everything, as Ted says, has its own special shape.

2 comments:

elspeththompson said...

Gosh, Tanza, your work looks astonishing! Your studies and dedication are really paying off...
And the love-in-a-most (Nigella, your final photograph, has always been one of my favourites. Once the flower has faded, the seedpod, too, is a miracle of symmetry and beauty.
Emd of a long, hot day here, with a fantastic swim in a choppy sea with Mary, followed by an hour or two in the garden, trying to train my unruly grapevines! The garden is HUGE compared to what I am used to, and I am tackling it one bit at a time so as not to feel overwhelmed.
Much love as ever,
x Elspeth

sarah meredith said...

Hi Tanza - Your work is getting better and better - I can't wait to see the finished still-life because the underpainting itself is beautiful. And I can't get over your little stair garden. Am I right that that used to be the abandoned little area you could see from the road down towards the medieval public gardens? I used to pass it each day on my run thinking how wonderful it would be when someone took care of it - and ir is! Sarah