But getting back to reality...today I had a wonderful artist's date with Melissa Hackmann, a talented graphic artist and print maker. I decided to break out of my usual pattern and actually go downtown to see the National Portrait Competition show at the National Portrait Gallery. I must confess, and am ashamed to admit, that I hardly ever go downtown, much less take advantage of the museums and galleries here in DC. Yes, I know, it is a shame. And I publicly resolve right here and now that I will make going a habit instead of a rarity. I'm an artist ~ I need to do this, especially since I have the opportunity and the resources literally a 20 minute, $1.85 METRO ride away. This is the First Place painting, Sam and the Perfect World by David Lenz. There were many styles represented but the majority were realism, bordering on photo-realism. We got as close as we could to see all the details. More than one painting had hair strands so fine that you would need a one hair brush to paint them.
The wind is blowing, the sun is shining and fall is definitely here. Tomorrow is daughter-day with a trip to the pumpkin patch planned, hopefully with all four daughters. I'll be squeezing some art in tonite. After today, inspiration abounds! Here's a quote from the wall of the museum ~
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. ~ William Faulkner