Friday, July 18, 2008

Stuff I have learned on my Summer Vacation

Painting in the mountains of Colorado is a huge challenge for this city artist. I painted en plein air in RMNP in June, before attending the opening of "Far and Near Horizons", a touring exhibit sponsored by International Plein Air Painters (IPAP) and Landscape Artists International (LAI). The Cultural Art Center Gallery of Estes Park Colorado hosted the exhibit and it was fun to meet my fellow artists from all over the US and Canada. The sounds are different (water rushing over rocks vis a vis elevated trains screaming overhead) --- and there are HILLS instead of flats --- and I had a peaceful retreat from this busy city.

Back to Chicago where I finished up this commissioned work: Picasso Under Construction circa 1967. This huge piece of public art was pointed-up (from a maquette by Picasso) at American Bridge in Gary Indiana, and this image of the work-in-progress came from a photo of that operation.

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Blogger Michael Ziegler said...

Welcome back! Was kinda wondering where you'd gotten off to...
really like the paintings especially the third one. I can hear the water over the rocks, almost.
I tried a photoshop technique (my first attempt, not so great) to make a photo look like a painting. Since I am paintbrush-challenged, that's probably as close as I'll get to producing a painting from a photo, like your Picasso painting.
Mike Z
My Photographic Memories

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Dave Yaros said...

The Chicago Picasso is not the sort of thing one thinks of, when speaking about steelworkers, is it? But then, Gary, Indiana, the home of American Bridge and U.S. Steel is unique in quite a few ways. Did you know that Ronald Reagan married Jane Wyman in Lake County, Indiana?

The Dave's Den web site provides a lot of interesting info on Gary, Lake Co. and the Calumet Region.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Michael Ziegler said...

Hi Nancy,
Thank you for the kind comment on my blog. I really appreciate it.
RE putting the blog list on your blog, it's surprisingly easy. Go to this webpage and it tells you step by step. There's even a video!

I bet once you've seen the video and gone through the steps, you will have it up in no time.
Best regards,
Mike Z
PS I framed a photograph of grapes on my mother-in-law's arbor, and put a picture of it on my blog.

3:18 PM  
Blogger Michael Ziegler said...

Hi Nancy,
Jan and I were in Midland Tx a couple of weeks ago, and I noticed a very nice mural behind the Taco Villa. I took some photos and posted them on my blog, My Photographic Memories.
Debbie Blakley did a very fine job with the mural. Don't you agree?
Hope all is well with you.

Mike Z

8:25 PM  

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