Day 536 – Saturday in Aiken

Life modeling today at USC Aiken 

  The lovely Ilenia was our model. Great pose- The thinker!! Acrylic on illo board. 

Felt good to be painting and hanging out with other artists today.  

After first forty minutes – legs are too long!!

 Lots of good natured banter and holiday cheer today. The pound cake that I took was devoured. Just a few pieces left for Al our esteemed leader who was off celebrating his daughters marriage.  

After I got home I gave her a good look as I sat eating a sandwich. Her chin was jutting out to far. The arm under her chin was too straight. Nose too long.     
More shadows in the foreground. Cerulean blue shadows in the drape. 

Making progress.  How she looks at present!! I think I need a nap now. Going to let Ilenia lean on the mantel and tell me if she’s done or not. She will know. Then I will know. 

Thanks for reading. 

Margaret who has presents to wrap and a sweater to finish knitting. Xxx 


Day 535 – Auvers – Sur – Oise


The last sad home of Van Gogh the auberge or Ravaux Inn in Auvers. This is the back yard he painted some of his last 70 paintings in his last three months of life. The sad tiny garret he died in is at the head of the stairs under the roof peak. A room so small a bed and chair barely fit. It would have been unbearably hot in the summer. 

The Hôtel de Ville aka Town Hall that he famously painted from the inn windows. 


Van Goghs version is far more beautiful to me. 
 Thanks for reading. Friday nite time pour amusant.  

Oh my! I discovered directions on how to make a post card accordion book.  Guess who has a stack of French postcards? 

PERFECT! On my post Christmas to do list. Too exciting. U can journal on the backs.  Quel amusant!

Margaret whose excited. Wish I weren’t so busy with Christmas to do that I could make the book.  Xxx😘