This portrait was for a friend of mine from high school. He wanted to surprise his fiancée with something personalized for Christmas and chose this family photo from right after they adopted Luna the corgi. I used my new lamp with a hollow opening to record a time lapse (almost) start to finish, which I've never done before. I may need to look into a different app however; the one I've been using only records for 20 minutes at a time.
Yesterday afternoon I unpacked and then we had a few friends over and watched a few epsidoes of The Chris Gethard Show before heading to bed. A couple friends may come over for New Year's Eve, but it will probably be a very small affair.
In the meantime, I brought out all of my comic storyboards and am trying to pick up where I left off. A roadblock that I am experiencing right now is that so far I have started with a scene that leads into a flashback, and within the flashback, a memory is shared. I want to illustrate the memory, but I'm worried that it's too multi-level to have a flashback within a flashback, à la Christopher Nolan. I suppose it's an interesting problem to solve, and it could be a good opportunity to break away from the traditional framing that I've been gravitating toward just to give myself structure. But I still feel a bit out of my depths. Hopefully something compelling comes of it.
I couldn't share this in-progress shot at the time because it was for a surprise commission, but here it is retroactively. You can see how much "gridding" went into getting the figure exactly accurate. Below that is an image the owner sent along of the framed finished product, which hangs in their entryway. The original is one of his wife's favorite pieces of artwork and he wanted to bring that into their home to enjoy daily.
Copy projects are always so fun; my method of copying the drawing is pretty mathematical, so that I can interpret the paint application more freely once I get to that step.
The latest project was a copy of a work by Charles Courtney Curran for a couple of family friends who fell in love with the original work in person. I had never seen the painting before, but was instantly inspired by the "shadow decoration" on the hung laundry and the quiet grace of the young woman. She has an understated elegance to her posture and expression.
With the holidays came a couple of works on paper. The first depicts Amber, a beloved 14-year-old beagle with a loving personality and comical spunk even in her old age. The second is a Christmas scene used for a family greeting card, with two sisters and their baby brother walking home in the snow.
Terri, Jackie, and Patrick
I started this painting back in June, and just finished it last week. A couple hours ago it was sent on its way and I miss it already! I'm holding off on posting pictures until early October when it has been delivered safe to its new home. Until then, this is a sneak peek!
One fun part of this painting was building a floating frame for the first time. It took a lot of planning and patience, and Nate's carpentry skills.
In other news, this past week I did a lot of Boston things. I went to see my friends in the band Bonfire Blue play at Northeastern on Thursday, and added to my growing list of MLB stadium visits with a game at Fenway on Saturday. Unfortunately we picked the one night that they lost against the Jays, but ballpark food is always tasty and it was bizarrely entertaining to see the fans sing "Sweet Adeline". Other stadiums I've visited thus far: the NY Mets multiple times - both Citi Field and Shea Stadium, the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, the Toronto Blue Jays at SkyDome [now the Rogers Center], and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
On Sunday, I revisited some of my favorite paintings at the MFA and saw lots of others I had never seen before. (L-R):
detail of "Mrs. Charles Inches (Louise Pomeroy)", John Singer Sargent, 1887
detail of "The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit", John Singer Sargent, 1882
"Wreck of the 'Ancon' in Loring Bay, Alaska", Albert Bierstadt, 1889.
"Marina Grande near Sorrento", Sanford Robinson Gifford, 1857
Saturday morning, we went to the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Watertown, where we did an entertaining audio tour. The sound of a galloping horse was the prompt to move onto the next stop. We saw a very moving funeral march with brass musicians and white hankies flying. My favorite part of the visit was running into a timid turkey who let me take his picture while he scrounged around for food. Another highlight was climbing Washington Tower at the top of the hill and seeing Boston from a distance. Who needs Duck Tours when you have cemeteries?
On the bottom right are some of Nate's latest ceramics, Including a bean pot for a co worker, and several mugs.
Officially can no longer relate as literally to Taylor Swift's "22". So far, the day has been sweet. Completed my French Harry Potter book collection with the last four (just finished reading the first three, so just in time), got a volume of all of Jane Austen's novels, and a cookbook from the vegetarian Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca. Also, treats galore. Chocolate, pumpkin butter, and Cider Mill doughnuts. Mmmmmmm. Thanks to all the well-wishers!
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based out of Brookline, MA.