Ellen Cornett

I wanted to make sure I got something started before Saturday and Montpelier's annual open house. They promise there will be crowds of folks visiting and I said I'd be there. And now I'm introducing the cart and bull. I had an idea yesterday about both changing the mockingbird and moving the ring. More shifting things around Marylou as we go. 

 

I had a couple of appointments in the morning and didn't get to Montpelier until noon. And then had the pleasure of visitors--Marianne Wiseman and her husband Tom, and Pat Stocks. So, though I was there for three hours, I didn't get a whole lot done. But I had fun showing them my work and giving them a tour of the other two galleries.

 





Today I finished up the goat. This one is really fun to draw--especially because his coat reminds me of what my hair currently looks like. Long, in my eyes, kind of wild. And, of course, I love goat eyes. I always think of the goat in Pan's Labyrinth. Chatted with some of the resident artists and Anne Shields came by to see me. A great way to spend a rainy day.

 





Boy, did I miss being out here drawing this weekend. As the gifts from mama accumulate, the drawings are going to take longer. Though I got in a solid four hours Friday and today, I am not finished. Which is just fine. I'm glad of to have an unfinished piece to return to tomorrow. The broken mirror is a bear. I'm trying to render the shine and fracturing of the pieces. Pretty hard stuff. But the billy goat is, as I had anticipated, sheer joy to work on. Love those goat eyes!

 





Starting on the next drawing with a broken mirror and a billy (or bully) goat. I'm very excited to get to the billy goat, but think I'll make that the last piece of this. Marylou's face has really taken on a look this time. She seems more tattered and more animated. I think I like this version of her the best so far. While I was working a couple of fellows from a Montreal jazz quartet, B's Bees came through to go to the main gallery where they are performing tonight. Absolutely delightful young men, and I got a lovely serenade for the last hour of my drawing day.

 





Mama's gonnay buy you a looking glass. Finished this one up today. I have planned that Marylou is going to be in exactly the same position, in the same size and in the same part of the page in each of the eight drawings. And some of the gifts will be repeated, though there will be changes, like the diamond ring. But I want to create each drawing as a new and unique piece. So I'm not treating the drawing of Marylou or the mockingbird, or any other part with a formula. I am very curious to see how pieces evolve over the series.

 





A cloudy day that threatened rain, but super peaceful in the Montpelier Library. Steve Williams, a resident artist out there stopped in to chat. It's always fun to talk with him, and particularly to talk materials and process. A lot of work done on Mama's Gonna' Buy You a Looking Glass.





Lots of visitors today. Best of all Jody Pratt stopped by. It's always fun to see her, and especially outside of class when we can chat. Made a couple of new friends and saw a lot of school children who are probably on spring break. And one adorable little girl who loved the bunnies, and I think wanted to climb up into my lap and help me draw. Her dad didn't let her. :^(

 

So Mama's Gonna' Buy You a Diamond Ring is done. I have loved my time at Montpelier this week. Hope I get more visitors next week!

 





I took a day off to teach and do some laundry! But back at it today. Now I'm working on And if that mockingbird don't sing, mama's gonna' buy you a diamond ring.

 

There was a jazz concert in the main galllery at Montpelier while I was working today. Several people stopped by to ask questions and see what I was doing. At one point, I looked up and there was Stuart Diekmeyer! So nice to see a friend.

 





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