"Baleja" - Mixed media on aquabord, 24" x 18". Ready to frame, or can be leaned against a wall upon a shelf. Available here and on Artfinder.
After a restful spring break week, our son heads back to college today and to an east coast tour with Gestalt A Capella. Pongo is missing his boy, and is carrying the stress chicken from room to room. The refrigerator is empty and the laundry basket is full. But with special visitors from Ireland, North Carolina and Ohio arriving later this month, there is no time to pout. And there is painting to be done!
In a critique group last week, the challenge was given to use unusual placement in a painting. As I sketched some concept pieces, partially obscured faces became a bit of an obsession. Look for several of these to come. In this piece I celebrate the Baleja family (my dad's Eastern European roots) and distinctive noses.
Also heading back to school are the kids from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. I felt so privileged to be one of the scholarship judges for their art students yesterday. As I was approached by one of the comfort dogs at the school, I thought at first "wait, I don't need comforting!" but then became teary as I pet the dog, realizing I was overwhelmed simply by being there. I did need comforting. Posters and signs everywhere show love, support, strength...but those kids! Those young folks who returned to class amidst a massive police presence, guards, locked doors and memories are the strength of our future. I am humbled by their courage, determined to support them however I can.
The winner of the scholarship is a young lady of inestimable talent, whose life has been forever altered by the shooting. She is not only a gifted artist, but a young entrepreneur. Her art will be on display at the student booth at the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts next weekend, but for those of you far away her custom creations can be seen (and purchased) here.