Saturday, October 29, 2011

Rain or Shine ... But Not Snow

The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Reception in NYC
The last two days' have been filled with intentions ... not very well met. Yesterday, Randy and I headed up to NYC to go to the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Awards Reception at the National Arts Club ... only to be stuck in huge traffic jams throughout the New Jersey turnpike. Instead of arriving early so that we would have a chance to really look at the show and meet/talk to other artists, we got there about one hour late ... right when the crowd was sitting down to dinner. We took what appeared to be the last two seats left.

It was sort of a bumpy night but we were seated, by chance, at the table of the Honored Member of the Year, Gabriella Gonzalez Delloso -- a phenomenal painter. We weren't in a position to really talk across the table but I would have loved to hear about her journey to get where she is today.

The road home.
We spent a little time out and about last night in the city. It is a magical place, made a bit more enchanting around Halloween. People watching is even more interesting when the people are in costumes. There were parties going on everywhere. Randy and I ducked in a pizza joint where the fare is $1 a slice ... to be met with some Halloweeners whose costumes/makeup made it hard to eat. On the way back to the hotel, we passed by a grocery store being patronized by three super heroes. You've got to smile about that.

I had planned to join the Salmagundi Club members for a paint out scheduled for this morning. That was rescheduled for next Saturday ... via email on our way up yesterday. The event was rain or shine ... but not freezing rain or snow. Randy and I went out for brunch instead ... just going a few blocks away and ending up sopping wet, freezing cold ... a mess. The food was good, though ... at Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee Company ... where we'd popped in to warm up. It was time to give in, change plans, and head home. Tomorrow I'm painting ... inside the warmth of my studio. Sounds perfect.

Exhibits & Events
Expressions Portrait Exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon, November 1 through 27. Reception and awards, November 5, 7pm. "Tranquility" was chosen as one of the finalists. 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA.

The Art League's October All-Media Membership Exhibit,  105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA. My charcoal drawing of "Oscar" was juried in and will be on view through November 7. "Cubanelle and Roses" is in the Bin Gallery.

American Artists Professional League 83rd Grand National,Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, NYC, Nov. 1-11. "Alan" was juried into the show.

To read more about the 100 Faces in 100 Days project on my web site (, go to the 100 Faces Project Pages 1 and 2 where you can see all 100 of my volunteers. Click on the paintings, and go to my blog post for that person's sitting.

100 Faces in 100 Days Project Page 1 (faces 1-54):
100 Faces in 100 Days Project Page 2 (faces 55-100):

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