I made a quick trip to DC to see my daughter C, who goes to college there. While she was in Russian class, I went to the newly renovated National Portrait Gallery.
I stopped in front of a portrait of the suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Anna Elizabeth Klumpke and felt compelled to sketch this formidable woman with the odd coiffure.
Next, I was drawn to the stunning composition of this oil painting called the 'Stevenson Memorial' by Abbott Handerson Thayer.
Also on exhibit were the winners of the Boochever 2006 Portrait Competition, among which was this giant head hanging from the ceiling. I figure it was 8 or so feet high and 10 feet long. The oil on polyester resin piece is by Nina Levy, and is called, aptly enough, 'Large Head.'
Before I left, I sketched another art supplies vignette from my studio. This is my container of odd pens and brushes. I was playing around with masking liquid (ha!) which I've only recently started to use. I couldn't help myself--- which is kind of too bad, since the ellipses leave something to be desired. But you, dear readers, must learn to take the bad with the good.