Happy New Year! I am so happy to welcome in 2012! I can sense that there are good things in store for all of us this year.
Since returning to sewing last spring I have been consumed with all things fabric and style. However, after reading of the continuing education offerings coming up this spring at Rice University's Glasscock School, my right brain is urging me to dust off my art supplies and take a class called Fauves in the Galleries, Drawing with Expressive Color. The word "fauves" translates as "wild beasts" and was the name given to a group of French impressionist painters who, in the early 20th century, began a movement characterized by the use of vibrant, vivid and expressionistic color such as Matisse used in the portrait above and Andre Derain's almost Van Gogh like style shown below:
This class is being taught by my friend and fellow artist Kathryn "Kitty" Klauber, a most talented portrait artist, teacher, art historian and lecturer. The majority of the classes meet each week at one of 3 of Houston's world class art museums and we will actually draw using masterpieces as subject matter while learning the history of color theory and its Fauvist application.
Not to worry! I will not be forsaking my sewing projects. Since returning to my love of sewing last May I have not purchased one piece of RTW clothing. I am curious to see how far this trend can last!