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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Today was a bit of a hick-up but ended up on a wonderful note.  Hannah’s Elective class was fabulous.  We learned all sorts of texture techniques and then we went on a field trip to Child’s Gallery and to the Boston Public Library  

The things I was most impressed with at the Child’s Gallery were:
Henry Rice’s Sketchbook.  It was wonderful viewing his sketches preserved in a very intimidating way.  Very beautiful use of color.
We also got to see Donald De Lue American (1897-1988).  We saw his head sculpture and his coin and drawings of the coin. One of America's greatest monumental sculptors in the Realist style in the twentieth century.

I was also amazed with Dan Lawlers illustrative paintings.  In person the guache was brilliant and beautiful.  Lawler was hired by "Parents Magazine" in 1945. His primary work in this period was illustration for "Parents Magazine", "Humpty Dumpty", "Readers Digest", a few children's books, and advertisements for stores in NYC. He designed the huge clock in the entrance of FAO Schwartz in New York City, which became a symbol for the store. Merging his gifts for illustration and portraiture, Lawler produced the portrait of Howard Hughes for the cover of "Time Magazine" for January 24, 1972.


I was also amazed with Rockwell Kent’s drawing.  

We also saw William Paxton and many more...

We ended with Sallie Machel whom was born in 1902. She studied at the Art Students League and spent summers painting in Gloucester, MA, where she met Milton Avery. Milton followed Sally from Gloucester to New York where they married in 1926. Sally illustrated for many publications and acted as the primary financial supporter for her family until the 1950's when Milton's works started selling.  Her work was lots like Matisse.  

Overall decent day.  Last day tomorrow!  Learned loads, but read to get back and work. 

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