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After closing for Hurricane Ian, the Baker Museum at Artis Naples is scheduled to reopen tomorrow, October 11! Now I will have another chance to spend time looking at these paintings. Below are some of my own photos from my first visit to this exhibition, last month. I encourage you to go and enjoy these, rest your soul, and celebrate the endurance of beauty.

For more info about this wonderful art exhibition:


This past week was the calm before Hurricane Ian, and some of the quiet after the storm passed. The pears would not make it beyond the two days we planned to close school. I took them all home, worked on my drawing, and made pear crisp. It was delicious. I was lucky to be safe at home, and our neighborhood is in good shape. The brief hours without electricity were instructive and peaceful--out power came back on before the weather turned hot again. I look forward to getting back to focusing on these mundane and beautiful moments with my students at school.

This is my own progress on the longer drawing (the first of the semester) we started in Studio Art 1 a week ago. I had some catching up to do. Though I encourage my students to work silently, I often find myself addressing a drawing problem common to the group in my 'presentation' voice. I weigh this against the value of the once-quiet atmosphere before going into 'lecture mode'. Sometimes it's better to let the artist sit with the frustration or just to back away from one's own work, and so sometimes I will just keep drawing. But when I spend too much time away from my demonstration drawing, I later need to catch up. This was an enjoyable and soothing use of my time while we waited for Hurricane Ian to pass over us. Below are progress shots of my nearly complete drawing.

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