Monday, April 23, 2012

The Poppy Festival...Fairly Boring!

First of all, I must apologize for being very late answering your comments and emails over the past few days. The temperatures were in the 90's for a couple of days and when that happens my energy level goes way down.

The Poppy Festival was over the weekend and it was very hot both days. HB and I got up early on Saturday and headed over to the festival.

You might be able to see how dry the soil is around those flowers. I'm sure by late afternoon they were really dry and limp! I know I was! I wasn't able to get many photos at the festival. Everywhere I looked there were signs saying "No photos"...not sure why because the so-called crafts section was mostly nothing but imported junk! I was sadly disappointed in it. I only saw a small handful of tiny booths that were actually handmade items by the person manning the booth. The same thing has happened to our local Fall Festival. The one good thing about the Poppy Festival as opposed to our Fall Festival is that they have lots of shade and places to sit down...

There were quite a few people but I'm sure later in the day there were even more. During the afternoon and evening they had lots of entertainment but we didn't stay that long. We walked around for a few hours and decided to call it a day. One other good thing they have is a tram to take you from the parking area to the actual festival...

We were lucky enough to park right across from the tram stop.
Just look at that cloudless, blue sky.
It was about 94ยบ!!

 I did get one photo of a piece of art I thought was interesting...
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This was in an area advertising local art lessons. I took a flyer because they offer beginning Photoshop lessons. I'm going to check into those, for sure.

We didn't buy anything except a couple of bottles of water. I didn't see anything that interested art, no actual crafts, nothing to catch my eye. Very disappointing, over all.

 In the studio, I've started another painting. 
This one is 9" x 9"...much smaller than Georgia.

And I've discovered a way to "see" shadows
 and highlights on the face...

I brought out my head mannequin and put her to work!

I can adjust the lighting and now I can see how it falls on her face. I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner! She used to sit on my "clean" table but then I moved her out and put her in a closet. The other day I was trying to figure out how light would fall on a face when I had a lightbulb moment and thought of Hedy! Now she's back in the studio and I'm sure she'll be working full-time.