Last Friday I visited the Chihuly Exhibit at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond VA. I left my camera in the car so I have no photos. Instead, here's a Chihuly-inspired iPad painting of a red vase I bought at Mr. Harris' yard sale. I painted without actually looking at the vase, and imagined it melting and changing forms, being displayed on a mirrored surface like Chihuly's works. (And, yes, this looks a bit like an internal organ; I guess it's a ChiHallie.)
My camera was in the car when I stopped at the yard sale and the light was right. Mr. Harris said okay when I asked if I could take his photo; I told him I might want to paint it. He's a neighbor and owner of one of the local funeral homes--a nice-looking man. He hasn't seen this yet and it's not quite finished.
Here I am, outside the museum, pretending I'm holding up Chihuly's 25-foot chandelier which was hanging in the Atrium--my idea--and it took a while for the patient photographer to line this up. Pedestrians probably wondered why I was posing like Vanna White. My brother thought this looked like Miss Liberty with a tight grip on her pocketbook--not a bad idea for these times.
|Outside VMFA, photo by S. Brooks|