Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Field Trip

Yesterday I took a break and drove to the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria. If you've never heard of it, it's more or less the crown jewel of the town of Alexandria: an old World War II factory that once was used for making torpedoes was taken over years ago and transformed by the art community. Artists and craftspeople have studios there where they display their works— paintings, sculpture, metal, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, photography, etc. It's a fantastic place and it would be easy to drop a thousand dollars or two in a half-hour spree. The work is beautiful, and wonderfully displayed.

Anyway, my friends Gail and Dennis both have studios there, at least temporarily, and we all decided to take advantage of the opportunity to get together for lunch, as Gail and Dennis were both at the Factory yesterday. So we strolled off to find a place to eat and ended up at a sidewalk table at O'Connell's, where we had a nice time chatting about art and life. I almost never eat at an outside venue, but the day was perfect, and Old Town has so much charm it was hard to resist.

Street Scene, Alexandria

At home I worked only on two small pieces:

Caitlyn, © 2017, (America series) work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Le Diplomate, © 2017, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

The weather is spectacularly gorgeous again today (and I think it's the Solstice?) but  it's back to the basement for me, at least for a while. Too much to catch up on as far as painting goes.

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