I arrived on time. A rarity.
Randy and I went on up. We chatted a bit about his successful speaking engagement at a New Romans Club meeting earlier in the week and how he had met a lady there who was interested in drawing. She was looking for a teacher. We tossed around a few names, including our very own Becky D, and the possibility of taking a course at any of the three local colleges. Finally, Randy settled on querying Kelly Mills,
Art Department Chair / Gallery Director at Shorter University, to see if he may have an advanced student interested in the possibility.
Then, Judy arrived with a selection of Becky works (D and Lu). She had also brought the picture of her cat to work on - just had to figure out where to work? She couldn't take Becky Lu's spot at the table. Could she? Nah. Too warm. How about at the easel in front of Randy's pastels? Maybe? Nah. Too cold How about Becky D's spot? She might not be there due to Joel's recent surgery!? Ooh... this chair feels nice. It's. Just. Right.
Becky Lu dropped in as Judy was Goldilocks-ing. Then Melissa and Linda and, lastly, Becky D.
Becky D said Joel was doing well after his surgery which we were all glad to hear.
I stepped out and retrieved the Bird House arrangement which will be the inspiration for the Coterie's March 10 program. Randy had already created his piece for the program which will feature Georgia Highlands College Art Professor Brian Barr critiquing works inspired by the bird house. Brian will also choose the best piece submitted which will then be framed by and displayed at the Rome Michael's for two weeks.
Everyone was busy working on their own thing so I just set it aside and started snapping the photos you see below.
Melissa, Randy and I all worked on our pieces for the Rome Art Coterie / Rome Area Writers collaboration next Thursday (no PSP next week). Judy worked on her kitty kat. Becky D worked on a critter with a beautiful landscape. Becky Lu began working on a piece inspired by birds and Linda tried her hand at the human head.
We joked about women on fire (literally) that may have included a member and / or a member's wife, women with penises, bird wolves, etc. It was another great evening with a wonderful group of artists / friends! We have a pretty good time together.
Around 9pm, all but Randy and I started packing up and headed home.
I stuck around a while later talking art with Randy as we have on several occasions when the meetings have wound down and it's just he and I. We talked on how great the RAC / RAW collaboration should be next week with an eclectic and, hopefully, inspirational mix of works that will be displayed. We also discussed ways to loosen up as an artist and not be so damn literal. You don't have to draw the thing (Ex: a chair) you look at in exactness and it was recommended to try drawing it (the chair) more than once and to let your creativity wander with each subsequent drawing until you find an image you connect with. As Randy hinted at, though, much easier said than done.
Well, that's it for this week.