Monday, October 29, 2012

Gypsy Woman

It may finally be fall.  After all the warm weather last week, a cold front blew in on Friday and cooled things way down.  And it did blow in - rather blustery on Friday.  But by Saturday it was near perfect fall weather - a beautiful weekend.

Jesse's art show went well.  Toby and I drove over to WF on Friday afternoon in time to run some errands before gathering the mothers at Olive Garden for supper.  We usually choose Olive Garden because it is fairly quiet and everyone can hear everyone else - a major consideration these days.  After we ate, Toby took the mothers to the show in our car, while I went with Jesse.  Jesse needed some help with her costume - the gypsy costume.  More specifically she needed me to put false eyelashes on her eyes.  We've done this before, and it is always a treat.  Last time I put eyelashes on her, they needed some readjustment and the pre-glued lashes did not stick well. I used Karo syrup to help hold them in place.  This time, she bought eyelashes with a glue applicator - so if you pulled them off to readjust, they could be glued on again.

So, sitting in the parking lot in Mom's Honda CRV, Jesse took out the false eyelashes, put the glue on them using the special holder.  She laid her seat back so that I could get to her eyes.  I laid my seat back to get to her eyes. Then she started laughing - causing me to laugh too.  So there we were laying in the seats laughing until we had tears in our eyes and shaking with mirth.  Every time I tried to put the eyelashes on Jes' eyes, we cracked up again. Did I mention that we had wine with our supper?  Eventually, we "calmed the hail down" and put on the right eyelash.  And of course, we had to do lots of adjustment, because it was just not quite right.  We seemed to have a problem with the inside corner. I finally got it looking okay.  As we started to put a lash on the left eye, Jesse realized that we had put the left eyelash on the right eye.  I said, "You mean they have specified eyes?"  She pointed out that the thinner, shorter part of the fake lash was supposed to go on the inside.  No wonder I couldn't get it to look right.  We burst into laughter again and more tears.  It was a while before got the eyelashes on correctly.

I know this is one of those "you had to be there" things, but just picture Jes and me in the car, laid back, holding eyelashes, and laughing too hard to do anything.  It was the best part of the art show.
We did eventually get them on, and they looked fabulous! Although, several times I caught her with one eye half closed - looking like she had too much wine.  She said the glue made her feel like she could not blink her eyes.  The things we women do.

Here are two of  her paintings.  The assignment had to do with painting two similar objects realistically using an older master's technique - first painting in black and white then glazing the color over the black and white. You can see that the canvas is fairly large and that these are works in progress. Remember - you can click to enlarge pics.Old watercolor setPastel chalk pieces
Here is one of her paintings that she did for a scholarship application.  She also had some pottery in the show, but I did not take a photo. The rest of the weekend went well, but I will tell you about that later.


Buck said...

Jess does look great... as usual. I like her art, too.

Becky G said...

I love the snail painting.

BTW, I still need your address.

Bag Blog said...

I had that thought earlier. Where was my brain?

Bag Blog said...

Yep, the usual.