Tuesday, August 25, 2009

One Thing Leads to Another

Okay, I was lazy... I didn't post my progress every day as planned. Actually, the problem was more like I didn't bring my camera every day, so then I would take photos with my cell phone, which in turn would languish in my cellphone because I didn't want to bother forwarding them to myself. So, yeah, I guess that's lazy... but it's done! It's been done for almost a week and I finally went over to the school this morning to take a proper photo before the sun came over the building. I still want to take a photo with all of Katie' Kids standing in front of it, so I have to co-ordinate that yet.

Painting this mural was fun because of the kids and their interest in the process. Usually on their play time outside, a few of them would venture down to where I was painting. I created a barrier with my paint gear boxes so that they couldn't invade the space I was in, but they could watch me from the other side. One day, when I was about two thirds done with the mural, my little peanut gallery was busy watching me as I was stirring the brown paint. I was getting the usual, "Hi, Miss Sarah's Mom!" and "Watcha do-ing?". I was talking to them as I was stirring the paint when little boy came up behind the others and said quite matter-of-factly, "You need to be done!" Which made me snicker to myself and think of the Pope and Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel, "When will it be done?", "When I am finished!"

It was taking longer than expected, not in hours, but in days because I could only work before the sun came over the building. Therefore, I only worked 5 or 6 hours a day. A few times I tried taking a break for about 4 hours until the sun sank behind the parking structure across the street, but soon realized that the building I was working on had absorbed the heat from the sun and would radiate the heat back on me as I tried to work. Once I got down to the last panel, I tended to be shaded enough that I could work all day.

The original plan for this mural was different. I had actually designed it so that there were 4 flowers and they were all similar to the one on the far right, in shape. The color palette didn't include blue. The day I was planning to start, I started fiddling with the composition because there was just something that was bugging me. Even though the owner had already approved the initial sketch, the artist in me was just not quite satisfied.... The next thing I knew, I had changed all the flowers, except the one on the far right, to be all different flowers because I started thinking of the children and how each one is unique. I then smiled to myself because I realized the bees were like the school's teachers, helping the flowers/children to grow. (I don't know how visible the bees are to you, the reader, because the photo is rather small. But there are two bees, one on the pink rose and one flying over the blue flower.)

I sent the Katie a text message with what I had done and the reasons behind it and explained the new concept to her. She replied with an, "I love it! and I trust you..."

It's so nice when your client trusts you... :)

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Foray into Urban Sketching

A couple of days ago I ran across "Urban Sketchers" on Facebook. Wowzers! I am smitten! I absolutely love, love, love the idea because it's so much simpler than plein air painting. Granted plein air is wonderful, fabulous, marvelous, gorgeous, etc., etc. But, I have yet to figure out how one would do it in a city and since I'm not located near fabulous vistas of mountain ranges or vineyards or woodland streams, well... Urban Sketchers kind of fills the bill. Sure, I could go and take photos and come back to the studio and work up a painting, but that doesn't get me what I want - the immediacy of on site observation. Don't misunderstand me, I will do the photo thing, because there are incredibly interesting places in Detroit - ones of decay, that I find fascinating and their locations aren't going to lend themselves to "urban sketching" either. The camera does have its uses...

Anyway, since the weather today was not predicatable with its "scattered thunderstorms", I decided to forego the mural work and do some urban sketching instead. I grabbed a sketchbook and some pens and pencils - I couldn't find my travel watercolor sets. I only have three! One of them I left in Maui, last March. (I left most of my art supplies that I took, with my brother. I specifically did that so I wouldn't have to pack them ever again.) The other two are somewhere in my studio (?), a knapsack (?), a drawer (?), a coat pocket(?)... I don't know! I've actually been looking for them for about a month, but I can't find 'em. I have the travel watercolor brushes, but no pan sets. gr-r-r-r.... My straw hat, a power bar and my waterbottle completed my gear. So-o-o simple and out the door I went.

I decided to go to Bell Isle. I figured it was a hot day, being near the water would be nice. Besides, Belle Isle has lots of interesting and beautiful things on it. I drove Woodward Avenue down to the river. I much prefer Woodward Avenue to the expressway. The expressway is so boring. It's just a big concrete canal. Woodward is full of life. It may not always be pretty, but it's real! I contemplated going to Hart Plaza for a moment as I reached Jefferson Avenue and saw Joe Louis' fist, but decided to stick with the Belle Isle plan.

The island was still fairly quiet. Not a lot was going on. Some cars had arrived and people were starting their day of fun or going through their morning jogging session. I wanted to park in the shade since it was going to be another hot day. There was a nice patch of shade across from the Conservatory, so I thought, "Oh, I'll do the Conservatory roof. I can sit on my tailgate in the shade."

Oh, naive child of urban sketching... What the hell were you thinking?! Hello-o! Conservatory? Many, many panes of glass? This is what my muse started thumping me in the head with. "Okay, okay...", I argued back. "I can do this. It's just a sketch. Not an architechural rendering. Relax. It'll be fine..." And so I muddled on. I didn't want to get myself freaked out or bogged down so I gave myself a half an hour to complete the sketch.

This is what I came up with. Not terribly accurate, but it works for a sketch.

I then got up and walked over to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum building. On the grounds, near the entrance is the anchor of the Edmund Fitzgerald. To the left of the anchor is a large propeller. I don't know what the propeller belonged to because the bronze plaque is missing (removed by a scavenger, perhaps?). I don't know if it was from the the Edmund Fitzgerald, too. I don't think so, but I don't know. I found it to be quite interesting, sunken in cement and weed-filled cracks for evermore. Kind of run aground in an odd, permanent way. I did this sketch standing, which had me juggling my drawing tools and wishing I had eight fingers on my left hand so I could hold and manipulate everything easier.

And there you have it - my first foray into urban sketching.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Katie's Kids and Happy Pants

Day One: the Big Blank Wall

Day One of my mural project for Katie's Kids, a nursery/preschool, in Royal Oak, MI (where my daughter, Sarah, is a teacher) was quite an amusing one. I had forgotten what is like to be around little munchkins! They're so much fun and so-o-o inquisitive! Number One Question: Waddaya doo-ing? Number Two Question: Wats dat?! Number Three Question: Wat's your na-ame? Number Four Question: How come you got paint all over you? And so on, endless questioning. So much fun!

Number Four Question was probably the most fascinating for them because they get in trouble if they get paint on their clothes. I tend to keep it simple, "Because I'm very busy painting." It's too much for them to comprehend that the reason why there's paint all over my clothes is because I don't bother with paint rags much. If my brush has too much paint on it, I tap it on my pants or my t-shirt. If I need to wipe paint off my fingers, I use my pants. I can't be bothered looking for a rag or even keeping one in a pocket. I've tried aprons, but I find that they still make me overly cautious about not getting paint on the rest of my clothes. You see, it's my belief that if you're subconsciously concerned about getting paint on your clothes, then you're not fully engaged in your painting. Therefore, I tend to have quite an array of color on me when I'm painting! I call my paint pants my "happy pants" because when I'm wearing them I can do anything! I can paint, I can garden, I can do anything and not have to worry about "getting dirty".

I told one little girl about my "happy pants" and she was fascinated by the concept. She then began to tell me about her pants. One of the little boys said to my daughter, after they went back inside the school, " Miss Sarah, your mom is awesome!" So Sarah asked him, " Why is my mom awesome?" To which he replied, " Cuz she looks cool!"

Yep, my "Happy Pants" were a hit!

End of Day One: Blocking in Color

The pink center panel is proving to be a pain to paint, the aggregate is incredibly bumpy!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Plein Air Pencil

Back in early June, I had been invited to an art critique by an artist friend of mine, Patrice Erickson. She also suggested that afterward we could do a little plein air work together. I heartily accepted the invitation and looked forward to it with much anticipation! The day arrived and I eagerly packed up my gear - I had decided to work in pencil as Patrice was planning to do so that our efforts and time involved would be better matched. I drove out to Patrice's, a little worried because I was running a bit late and didn't like the idea that I was going to be making a tardy first entrance. Well, as it turned out I wasn't late at all. As a matter of fact, I was a day early, to my chagrin! Patrice, ever the sweet and polite one, was most genial and accommodating. Since I had already made the trek, she suggested we carry out our plan to work plein air.

We ended up in downtown Rochester, at the municipal park. It's a lovely park with river that flows through it. It is also the location of the Arts and Apples Festival each year in early autumn. We walked down to the river and set about with our sketching.

Now, this was an interesting experience. First of all, I'd never rendered moving water and second, I'd never done any landscape work in pencil! As I said it was interesting, interesting because with graphite pencil one is working with only a greyscale to render with. I found it intriguing to try and render layers of leaves and depth of trees. And to render moving water? Holy moley! That's a whole 'nuther ballgame!

We worked for a while and then moved on to another location which had a small water fall and rapids. Oh! As if the first location wasn't challenging enough! But nevertheless, it was a fun endeavor. I feel as though what I did was "okay" but can certainly use a lot more experience working with pencil. There's got to be a better way to render landscape than what I did! I feel that I tried to draw too much of the scene before me and could have done a better job if the focus had been smaller. I'd also like to work more on creating texture with line work instead of shading and smudging. So I guess, I'd better get back out there, eh?

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Week of Plein Air Painters, part three

Part of the reason, aside from wanting to see all the artist's working, for going out on the breakwater, was to find Ken Auster, CA, to see his work again because I was so taken with it the first time I saw it at D.T. Fleming and the Kick Off Paint Out. I didn't find him, but I did see Betty Hay Freeland, Maui, working with her palette knife again. I stopped to watch her paint and told her how much I loved the fact that she used a palette knife to paint with. It's certainly commendable how tolerant of chattering fans these artists are! We hang on their elbows and watch every stroke, ask questions, take photos, crowd about... Of course, they've likely been under public scrutiny for years as they paint, so I'm sure they're used to it. Or, most likely, is that they go to "Paint World" - the place I say my brain and thoughts go to when I'm painting, so they are probably answering the questions with one foot in reality and the rest of their being is in Paint World, oblivious to anything besides their work. That would be my guess.

As I stated in part two, of these posts, Darrell Hill had been finishing up his painting and as I came off the breakwater and started past the boat slips again, he had completed painting #2!! I swear, I wasn't out there that long!

A short distance from Darrell Hill's spot, another artist working on his own painting of the harbor's promenade where all the ocean excursions and tour booths are located. It was a scrumptious painting, full of color and excitement.

Once again, I have to apologize for not knowing the artist's name. I looked through all of my photos of him and could not find his name tag in any of them.

Crossing the street, toward the Lahaina Court & Custom House, across from the Pioneer Inn, I spotted Randall Sexton, CA, painting a vintage automobile parked in the street.

And lo and behold, past him, in front of the courthouse pillars, was Ken Auster! I hurried across the street to see what he was working on which turned out to be a view of the Pioneer Inn.

As you can see, I wasn't the only fan of his - Carleton Kinkade had sought him out and was taking his picture, too.

Oh, and by the way... Darrell Hill managed to paint a third painting before the two hour session was over!

At 5 P.M. that night, the Maui No Ka 'Oi Gala Reception, at the Village Gallery, in Lahaina, began and as you can imagine the gallery was packed and spilling out onto the lanai with eager art patrons and enthusiasts wanting to view all the paintings selected by the artists for the unveiling and talk with the artists once more. (Each artist had selected three paintings out of the ones they had done that week to show.) Awards had been given out and ribbons were hung next to the chosen pieces. I never did get to view all the paintings as long or clearly as I would have liked due to the crush of the crowd - it was like trying to see Sistine Chapel in July! The show was only hung for 24 hours and being halfway up the mountain in Makawao, well... I have to admit I never made it back down to Lahaina on Saturday. Although, I did get to see a few of the paintings that remained at the gallery, later in the week. I did manage to get a few photos of some of my favorites that night, but they really aren't good enough for posting. This is the best shot I got of all the artists when they gathered outside for the "official photo". I didn't want to get in the photographer's way. Besides, they weren't looking at me, they were looking at her, of course!

It was absolutely a fun and fabulous week watching all these talented artists, never knowing when you might run across one painting somewhere on the island because they were out and about painting all week, not just at the scheduled events. It was also a learning experience for me, seeing how they set up and work. Fun. Educational. Inspirational. I hope I can do it again next year.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Week of Plein Air Painters, part two

During the Pacific 'O Sunset Paint Out I spoke to Darrell Hill, an artist from the Big Island, whose work I admire greatly. By the time I reached the spot he was painting in, he had completed his painting and was signing it. It turned out that he had already completed one painting and this was his second, while everyone was still working on their first! I managed to get a photo of his set up with completed painting, but not him.

The last scheduled painting event was the Pioneer Inn Lahaina Harbor Quick Draw, on February 20th, starting at 9 A.M. and going until 11 A.M.. The Maui No Ka 'Oi Magazine Gala Reception was to start at 5 P.M. so they needed time to let the paint dry! The artists had taken up positions around the harbor and inn, with many of them out on the breakwater, so of course, that's where I headed. As I walked along the boat slips, I saw Darrell Hill again, who once again, had nearly completed his painting!

He was nearly ready to sign the painting and was already figuring out where he would set up for his next painting. I really admire his work and his ability to edit the imagery and told him so. His painting was of a couple of boats and their reflections in the water. What was so wonderful about it was that he didn't put in every little ripple in the water, like many artists would be tempted to do. He put in what was necessary to convey the image of these boats, sitting side by side, on the water.

As I recall, he gave it the title, "Sisters". Perfect.

I ventured out onto the breakwater wall, where, as I stated, a number of the artists were set up: Carleton Kinkade, of Maui, was seated on the rocks, painting a view of the beach where the Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy takes their surf lesson participants to.

I got a bit distracted because I started watching the surfers, too, since that's where my daughter, Lizzy had taken her lessons when we were on Maui, last September. There were a couple of young children taking lessons this day and they were being cheered on from the breakwater. One of them was Lydia, who was doing great!

I love her arms' pose!

I walked out across the rocks of the breakwater, to the end where the last artist was set up. Unfortunately, I don't recall the name of this particular artist. All the artists did have name tags, but often they were being blown about by the wind or quite frankly, I tended to get caught up in their work. Not only was this artist's work impressive, but it was impressive to watch the patrons walking out on these huge rocks to where he was, in flip flops! I was surprised no one twisted an ankle or two.

A Week of Plein Air Painters, part one

It just occurred to me as I was looking at the newest issue of International Artist, I should post some of the photos I took of the plein air artists at work, in Maui! Afterall, I only took about 1500 photos while I was in Maui, I'm sure I have a few hundred of the artists!

The first day of the event was February 14th - a great way to spend Valentine's Day. Like the song says, "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with..." and since I wasn't with my husband on Maui, I was spending Valentine's Day with my other "love" - the pursuit of art. (I did wear the beautiful earrings my husband had sent me for Valentine's Day.) Anyway, back to the painters. They were starting at noon and were participating in a "Kick Off Paint Out in Kapalua". The twenty-five of them were divided between three beaches: D.T. Fleming, Kapalua Bay, and Honolua Bay. My brother, Dano, with whom I was staying with on Maui, and I went to D.T. Fleming. As I recall, there were eight artists at D.T. and it was quite windy. A few were tucked safely under a building's awning, painting a view of the lifeguard tower. The braver souls tended to be located along the beach. My favorite photo from this event is the one of Ken Auster, an incredible artist from California, painting against the wind.

As one can see from his hair and the woman's hair, who is leaning over, watching him, the wind was quite strong. What one may overlook is that his easel doesn't have four legs - look closely - it was taped to a tree root to keep it from blowing away! Now that's what I call being dedicated to the cause!

What I loved about Ken's work is the vigor and texture of his work. His work tended to be amongst my favorites.

On Monday, I happened to go to Lahaina, planning to do some painting of my own, but instead I stumbled upon the Lahaina Arts Society artists holding one of their art fairs under the Banyan Tree. Now, this being my third trip to Maui, in two years time, having never caught this exhibit before - always missing it - I wasn't going to miss it this time!

You really can't get the magnitude of the size of this tree (it takes up a whole city block!!) by looking at this photo, but it truly is a sight to behold! Artists, twice a month, on weekends, gather and sell their artwork. So, it was a surprise for me to catch it on a Monday! I thought perhaps the scheduling change was due to the plein air painters. As I wandered around, under the tree's canopy, I ran across another one of the plein air painters, Larry Moore, from Florida, working on a figurative piece.

One the the next scheduled events was the "Pacific 'O Sunset Paint Out", on February 18th. It started at 4 P.M. and continued to 6 P.M.. There was a model available but not everyone was using the model, many were doing landscapes/seascapes. I arrived shortly before 4:30 and the model was taking her first break, walking around and seeing what the artists were doing.

The most amusing part of the Sunset Paint Out were two little boys, about 10 years-old or so, that were posing and mugging "body builder style" in front of artist, Saim Caglayan, who was actually doing a landscape piece, that included the boys in it! Unfortunately, by the time I realized what was going on, the boys "broke" their poses to run over and see what the artist was doing. I did manage to catch one of the event's patrons amused by the boys' antics. As for Saim, he was indeed most tolerant!

Hurry Up Summer!

Yes, that's right... I don't even want to "hurry up spring". I'm pushing for summer. That's because spring in Michigan is an iffy prospect. Sometimes we have one and sometimes we don't. As of right now, it looks as though Mother Nature may grace us Michiganders with an actual spring, but I never trust her. She's too fickle when it comes to keeping us in her graces and warming embraces before June. Spring may only be a couple days away, according to the calendar, but here, it could still be a moot season. As I sit here in my studio, overlooking the yard, the prospect of a spring looks pretty good - grass is starting to "green up", there's been a robin or two hopping around the yard, trees are starting to bud, and the temp is starting to rise - too slow for my liking, but nevertheless, it's rising.

What I'm really looking forward to is getting out and doing some plein air painting. The Maui Plein Air Painters Invitational really inspired me. Living in the urban area of metropolitan Detroit doesn't lend itself to much in the way of landscape work, but I hope to be able to do some painting "around town". I may have to resort to photographing what I want to paint because I don't know how well received a plein air painter might be in the middle of Royal Oak or ssome other locale. I wonder if I should check with local authorities first... Does anyone have any input on this matter? I'd appreciate advice.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Maui Back to Michigan

Okay...I've been back almost a week. Maui was wonderful, of course. How can it not be?! It's Maui! Anyway, I want to post my paintings. I had expected to produce more, but it was Maui! I mean, after all... I wanted to be out in the sun, seeing and doing things. Which I did. Which was good. I took an enormous amount of photos - I figured I can always use them for reference to create paintings back here in Michigan. I only did one plein air painting. I know... I should have done more... but I was seeing and doing things! I followed the Maui Invitational Plein Air Painters around the island here and there and watched them paint. That was interesting and educational.

Oh! And I did get to indulge in my other obsession - gardening! Do you have any idea how wonderful it felt to pull weeds and plant plants in February?! (Is my Michigan winter withdrawal showing?) It was wonderful! Sun, soil and willing hands - love to pull those weeds!

But I digress, back to my artwork. I had mailed my paints ahead so I wouldn't have to deal with airport security. Eventhough the paints were water-soluable oil paints, I didn't want to take the chance of them being taken from me. I also brought along a half box French easel, canvases in various sizes, pads of watercolor paper, drawing paper, watercolors, pencils, brushes - everything I could possibly think that I might want to dabble with while in Maui. The beautiful part of all this schlepping of supplies is that because my brothers live in Maui, I only brought back my brushes and pencils! Everything else stayed so that the next time I go, I only have to pack my brushes and pencils :) I really only had to buy the medium for the oil paints at the, and pretty much only artist supplies store on Maui, Upcountry Fine Art, a wonderful store/gallery in the town of Makawao, but, of course, I bought more paint, more colors. I mean, afterall, there were so many new colors... I had gone into the store so many times the first week I was there I started to worry the proprietress, Pamela (Aloha, Pamela!) was going to think I was stalking her!
I had never used the water-soluable oil paints before so I started out with a "test" painting:

"Rainbow Plumeria", 8" X 10", oil

My next painting was my plein air piece:

"Japanese Garden", 8" X 10", oil

The next two paintings are my beach paintings and they were the first experiments with palette knives:

"Wave Watchers", 12" X 12", oil

"Beach Buddha", 12" X 12", oil

The two beach paintings were a combination of brushwork and palette knives. The next one was done completely with palette knives:

"Lahaina Sunset", 8" X 16", oil

I have to admit, using the palette knives was a blast! I love the layering and texture I can achieve so I will definitely be exploring the technique more.

The final painting that I'm posting is the one I did for my brother's birthday, before I left. On my first trip to Maui, my other brother and I were out, on one of our photography adventures and we found this awesome, old truck on the side of the road. It had a "Free Truck" sign on it! When my other brother saw the the photo, he thought it was the coolest truck so this is the painting I did for him:

"Dano's Truck", 8" X 10", acrylic

So there you have it - the paintings I did in Maui. Along with the 1500 photographs I took, this is how I kept myself busy. Not a bad vacation from the snow, eh?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

No More Turtle Time

I love the quote an artist friend of mine posted in her comment about my "Raindancing" post:  "Behold the turtle.  He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out."--- James Bryant Conant.

It certainly speaks to what I've been up to these past months - holed up in my "turtle shell"!  It's been a good place and a bad place to be for me.  I won't bore you with all the details, but suffice it to say, major changes happened in my life two years ago.  The quick version is: I had a major health issue, the studio that I and four other artists had been operating out of for many,many years suddenly closed, we all had to relocate here and there, which destroyed our artists' community and to top it all off, my mother died the same month we were forced out of the studios.  And if it couldn't get any more depressing, my absolute favorite aunt/artist (my mother's sister) died in the following months.  Needless to say, my life was suddenly in a turmoil....  and that's the Cliff Notes version.  I tried to stay connected to my artist-self, but I couldn't.  It felt like I was scrambling on top of marbles, trying to get some sort of foothold but didn't know what to "step on".  It's only been recently that I've started to feel "human" again, to tell the truth.  Separating myself from my art and hiding out in the garden I think has been therapeutic to some extent, but I feel like I've "lost" something along the way and it worries me a bit.

So, it's time to poke my head out of this shell and look around, see where I want to go and plan how I'm going to get there.  My first stop is Maui.  Not a bad place to get started from, eh?  I intend to produce something everyday.  I don't know if I'll be able to post my work, but maybe I'll be able to... we'll see.  I'll be there during the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational - a week long event that brings together 25 of Hawaii's and the mainland's top plein-air painters to paint the beauty of Maui.  It culminates in the Maui No Ka 'Oi Magazine Gala Reception at the end of the week.  During the week, all of us visitors, tourists, and locals will be able to watch them as they paint around the island.  I'm so excited! What an opportunity!

Thursday, January 8, 2009


I've been clearing out duplicate files from my computer and just cleaning it up in general.  It's been a long time since I've taken care of this task.  Actually, I've been actively avoiding it for a while now!  But, I realized that this avoidance was also stagnating my progress toward becoming a "full-time artist" and keeping me from moving forward.  My files were getting confusing - too much duplication in numerous various files.  I think it's a feng shui thing... Clutter creates stagnation.  At least for me it does!

But that's not what this posting is about.

I ran across a bunch of quotes that I had collected over the years.  The first one on the list struck me and that's the one I want to share:

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, 
it's about dancing in the rain."

I don't know who to attribute the quote to and I can't remember where I ran across this quote, but I think it's quite apropos for the times we are facing right now economically, not just artist, but everyone.  I  have an artist friend, Rich Nelson, who is tremendously talented and has worked very hard to reach his professional objectives.  He has gained national recognition with his art and his "star" just seems to keep on rising.  He had a vision and pursued that vision.  I am so proud of him!  He won't be just sitting under an umbrella waiting for the storm to pass.  He'll keep dancing in the rain and he'll come out of this storm, stronger and better for it - because he has a vision and faith in what he does.

Rich is such an inspiration.  He is generous of spirit and always encouraging.  As I get back on track with my artwork, I hope I can stay focused.  I have not lived up to my favorite quote from Yoda, "Do or do not, there is no try."  Or actually maybe I have, because for a good long while I have not been "doing".  And so, with that, I leave... to "do"... I am off to my studio.


As I have confessed to all of you earlier, I did not produce much these past months, but I did do a painting that I'd like to share with you.  I painted it for my nephew and his new bride for their wedding this past May.  I call it, "Forever".  It's done in acrylic and I tried to stay a little loose in my brushwork.  I don't remember the size because I neglected to make note of it before I gave it to them!  For that matter, I had forgotten to take a photo of it and had to contact my nephew to have him take a photo of it for me.  That tends to be a recurring problem for me: I forget to photograph my artwork!