The story of our weekend in iPhone photos. I was restive and the weekend was just so relaxed. I think the easy-going nature of the weekend might have rubbed off on me a bit. I’m thankful for that. The wee lass slept until 9am both mornings, the older kids a bit later. Mornings were slow and easy. Dinners were long and full of lively conversation. Saturday night’s dinner stretched on and on as Mister and I began rating fine art museums, trying to pick our top ten, agreeing to disagree. And of course you can’t talk about art museums without talking about the travels that brought you to that particular museum. There was much chicanerie, much chasing of rabbits but it was lively and fun.
We spent Sunday morning on the porch, Mister stretching linen on a newly-made frame for a painting, mixing gesso and gypsum so it’s just to his liking. The Wee Lass playing with (possibly torturing) the cat that isn’t our cat. I’m fairly certain there has never been a more patient cat.
The Poulette spent time dressing the Wee Lass up. It’s the newest thing. She came in with her bandage (TP held in place by some Rainbow Loom creation) and a baby blanket cape to tell me she was bwoken.
We recently watched Tim’s Vermeer, Mister naysaying a bit before the movie, He used a camera obscura. Why make a movie about it? And then of course we’re still talking about it days later because the attention to detail this guy put into recreating the room was amazing. The kids studied Vermeer last year while we read Chasing Vermeer and with Mister’s help, built a camera obscura. They watched the movie too and are now thoroughly intrigued by the mirror component. Apparently next weekend’s project is to construct a similar setup but one that allows the painting to be done upright, not forcing the painter to contort or work at a weird angle as the one in the movie did. Mister’s biggest beef with the film is the angle at which Tim had to paint (tiresome! uncomfortable! crippling!). And of course as he rather longwindedly explained to the kids, if you can see, you can paint. You don’t need a gadget or a gizmo and by painting what you see it would take a fraction of the time, a month, as opposed to years.
Nevertheless, the gauntlet has been thrown down. They’re going to make a mirror gadget and then set up some sort of still life to paint. They kids will paint it using the mirror technique and Mister will copy it though he’ll do so left handed and if I remember correctly, at a larger scale, and on a canvas he must stretch and prepare — all to slow him down a bit. And so the two older kids are in research mode, sketching possible configurations, making a list of supplies they’ll need.
The Poulette insists she wants no part in it and will continue watercoloring bunnies because bunnies make her happy. It’s always good to know what you like, isn’t it?