We hit 41 degrees this past Thursday. We had a good 5 inches of snow on the ground until then, but as you can imagine, it mostly melted away from those higher temps. I am up in my studio, just finished reading new posts on blogs, and out my windows I see big fluffy white flakes falling softly. Will we have a white Christmas? I would be ever so delighted.
Yesterday I managed to paint the skin on my little painting. It isn't the color I want, alas. I may try going over it with another glaze. Barbra Joan, if it ends up needing scrapped, please accept my apologies. Sometimes I can't save myself when it comes to painting.
Friday evening (boy, I am all over the place), Michael and I attended a harp performance at the Oswego Village Hall. The set up was similar as you may have seen in the post below, but the background was ever so much more elegant than that video. The harpists and harpers were all harp students of my harp instructor and she played with them. It was beautiful! Besides the instructor, there was one sophomore in high school (she had a harp just like mine, only in ebony), one or two 8th graders and two or three 7th graders. None of my instructor's older students participated, though it is my understanding that two cancelled last minute due to other obligations. The sophomore especially played beautifully and she had two long solos that were beautiful. This girl struck a chord (pun not intended) in my heart because she reminded me of my oldest daughter quite a bit. I did some video taping right on my phone but I figure you might be tired of the harp music and do not want to bore anyone. I will say that I am glad we attended as it sparked some motivation into me. The sophomore has been taking lessons for six years. Scary that it will take that long to be even remotely good (speaking for myself only).
Speaking of last post, I do NOT know who the harpists and harpers were. I just pulled it from YouTube for the Christmas music. I should have looked for more videos of Christmas music but I chose the first one I saw. I suspect it was an instructor and his students much as we attended on Friday.
In case you are wondering, only those who play pedal harps are called "harpists." Those who play lever harps and folk harps are called "harpers." In orchestral settings, you will only see harpists.
On the painting agenda, I want to give the masa another go. I also feel like doing a portrait; for some reason I enjoy them and I like the way they come out. I'll have to go through my photos and see if I have anything that might work for doing a new portrait painting. If I think of anything to do for a Christmas card next year, I want to do it while I think of it. I struggled with an idea this year, though in the end, I was ok with what I did. Not fine artist quality work (the wonky rug and disarticulated legs of the pink ballerina have me blushing in shame), but the idea was good.
My art journal has not really gotten off the ground, though I do highly recommend the book that I wrote about a few posts back. I need to stick it in my purse and always have it on hand. Then I might actually make a bit of use of it. Oh! I just remembered the idea I had for next year's card...I should write it down somewhere.
I guess THIS will be may last post before Christmas so I do wish all of a very merry day filled with love and joy, memories of those lost to time and illness (please remember their joy and their light). I think I will see if I can find another harpist video (despite my worries of boring you) to send you all my love...