I’m having a professionally frustrating day, so I thought I’d share with you this little pick me up I found.
The Luckystar team sent out this press release for Friday’s show, so I just wanted to make sure I linked to their flier.
With supreme apologies to Anya in London, RIP to Mad Men‘s Ida Blankenship. The greatest line in television was uttered by Bert Cooper on Sunday: “She was born in 1898 in a barn; she died on the 37th floor of a skyscraper: she was an astronaut.”
It is wonderful having Polish women (Misia and Anya’s mothers) in the house to make pierogis and mushrooms. The house smells divine.
I digress. This past Sunday’s episode of Mad Men was b e y o n d. If you are not watching this series, you can watch this episode and it stands alone. Like a play or something. But if you are watching this series, then you know what a heartbreakingly tender portrait of a true friendship this was. Don and Peggy are everything to each other. Father/daughter, brother/sister, husband/wife, best friends/advocates. I didn’t think anything would be better than the scene of Peggy riding the moped on a soundstage in a circle.
And then this. This episode is why television can be beautiful.
The painting was still pretty wet today, so I wasn’t able to work on it as much. A more patient painter would wait until the paint is dry to continue working on it, but I am not that painter. Actually, I’m fairly patient, but I’m also really good at painting wet-on-wet. A traditional grisaille underpainting calls for using thinner rather than medium, but I use medium, which retards the drying process. What can I say, I like retarders.
Today, I worked on everything but the sky and the lampposts. If I was truly concerned with sharpness and accuracy, I would paint the entire painting to finish, and then add the posts and wires on top of it. But I like the look that happens when I have to paint around the posts. It’s a little uneven, a sort of hand-drawn look to the image. On all of these paintings, the wires are the last thing I paint. It’s slightly risky, painting tiny lines onto a nearly-finished painting. But I guess that’s how I get my kicks. Being risky.
Total aside: are you watching Mad Men? Was there anything better than this week’s episode when Peggy Olsen was driving a motorcycle in a circle on a soundstage? It was, as she is, sublime.