I took a walk on MSU's campus and enjoyed a look at another part of campus -- spring blooms are waning a bit but still, nature is its best work of art. Meanwhile, I decided to do a bit of art of my own.
That small photo of Rick and our Littlest Grand at Easter is one of my favorites. There is a gentle poignance of a small boy -- not even three -- holding grandpa's hand. Best of all, it has no faces to it made a worthy painting subject! Monique's "Paris People" were such an inspiration!
First a sketch. As you can see, it is not without issue. Trust me. Rick's legs aren't that stubby -- I ran out of paper!
I tried to shorten his waist a little as I painted it but it still isn't quite right. Still, the painting was good practice and I plan to do this one till I get it right! The changes are minor but they make a difference. (For example, when I shortened the waist to add what I could to the legs, I forgot to shorten the arms, too!)
It actually works much better when it is cropped! Let's cut 'em off at the knees!
Not that long ago I did a couple of dog portrait's too. This is "Snickers."
And this is "Levi." You might know their "people."
My campus walk was less than inspiring but I did check a couple spots I don't normally walk by. This is our Alumni Memorial Chapel. I've been in more than a few weddings and funerals there.
The magnolias are really fading.
Still, a look at the river beyond the chapel is lovely.
I can seldom resist a photo of the wonderful lamp posts.
Here is another of the early dorms. This is my favorite part of the campus.
There are still some white blossoms coming on that didn't seem to be hit by our several days of below-freezing weather.
And while I was driving, I kept hearing the sound of drums! I found them!
They were practicing for the U's first exhibition football game of the season over the weekend. It's the first campus event I'm aware of that will allow spectators -- 6,000 in our 70,000+ sized stadium. (I will not be one of them.)
I rescued some blooms from my yard before the frost. Rick says they look like a science experiment in their clear vases of different sizes -- daffodils, hyacinths, muscai, lilac and bleeding heart.
I can work with that! Have a great weekend and week, inside...