My DH has been in the hospital all week, with a "-itis" brought on by a procedure that he had to have. No gory details here but suffice it to say that I lost a nights sleep, have been driving back and forth to the city 45mins away, have been worrying myself sick, but it's all coming out OK in the end. DH is coming home tomorrow, with a new diet, a new approach to some of his meds, and hopefully a charmed future (from my mouth to gods' ears please). I've had to cancel a trip to Florida with my BFF and my nephews, but they are going anyway and my mom is thrilled to be having them.
I spent a bit of time wandering the halls of this behemoth hospital and was amazed to find some very decent artwork hung on the walls in some places. Sure, there were a lot of posters, and drab posters at that, but I also saw some good art work like this quilt below - a lovely work of hand dyed fabric for shells and with wonderful waves and sand images.
|The Sea-Shell art quilt.|
Opposite one of the elevators (SLOW elevators, lots of time to review art) was a watercolor dyptich of Boston Common - it was wonderful! Detailed but loose, and sorry....I didn't copy the artists name.
A detail below
The watercolor below was so detailed it was amazing. This is Rowes Wharf in Boston as seen from the water. I loved it but just imagined the time it took to do all those windows!
In the lobby were three paintings above mundane waiting room/lobby furniture. These are almost too pastel colored but I thought they were beautiful and soothing.
What I found amazing is that the hospitals approach to helping the "whole person" and appreciation for how artwork can help make you feel less institutionalized. You never forget that you are in a hospital, but it helped both of us to discuss the paintings and look at technique and details. Also interesting was the soothing subject matter and technique - I didn't see anything avant guarde or modern. I also didn't have time to wander the multiple buildings looking for new artwork.
Speaking of new artwork - I did this BIG painting last week in class. The assignment was to paint big - the portrait below was about 3' by 5'. My instructors were so helpful as to how far to go with the painting, and working from big loose brushes to smaller detailed ones. The part I like the least is his upper lip - and the highlight there, it sort of looks like he has a milk mustache. In the photo I copied, he had such a bright highlight there that I tried to capture it. Anyway, painting big was fun, fun, fun.
That's my art week report. Crazy crazy week, good in the end which is all one can ask for right?