A Painting A Day: Days 28-30

 Day 28: July 31, 2012
"Grandpa Helping Me"
5.5" x 5.5" watercolor on paper

Last month my boyfriend Matthew fell down some cellar stairs. We were all saddened, horrified and fearful. The worst possibilities flashed through my mind. Amazingly, he was okay, only requiring a minor surgery where doctors discovered a broken bone from Matt's accident in 2005! Every time something seemingly bad happens to Matt, it ends positively. This painting is based on a dream Matt had about his beloved grandfather helping him from the floor after he fell. 

 Day 29: August 1, 2012
"Fruit Bowl"
5.5" x 5.5" watercolor on paper

This painting is done at a friend's house. There are two framed photos, a fruit bowl and my feet. The exact ingredients for a still-life painting! It's fun to paint from life once in a while, to stretch my eye-muscles.

Day 30: August 2nd, 2012
"Sun Worshiper"
5.5" x 5.5" watercolor on paper

For the past few days, I have been re-editing photos and watercolors from a 2007 trip to Italy with the New York Studio School. For a week, I was honored to paint, cook and eat at a Tuscan house, near Todi. Every morning, we woke up to paint the sunrise. For six days, I managed to wake at 4:30am after going to bed around 1am (we had late dinners). The seventh day, however, I slept in. Blessed sleep! Next time, I will make a point utilize those dogged afternoons for hearty naps. Day after day, feverishly working into the night to organize photos and paintings from this magical trip, I have had Italy on the mind (although reading Frances Mayes' "Under the Tuscan Sun" may have also had something to do with it). Staring at those dawn watercolors from five years ago, I couldn't help but wonder if I was taking part in the ancient ritual of welcoming the sun. The Tuscan hills have been plowed over and over for millenia. Perhaps the first farmers stood on that same hill, eagerly waiting the dawn, celebrating when the golden sun pops its head out between the misty mountains.


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