Friday, July 14, 2017

Nouveau Ladies






On Wednesday, Tim and I had the pleasure of having lunch here in Eugene with one of my favorite blogging buddies
 Kali Parsons, a talented artist from Texas, and her husband David, a gifted photographer.

Though we have never met in person, it was as if we had known Kali and David forever.  

After our lovely lingering lunch, Tim and I made an offer on a house we had seen earlier in the morning, a fixer upper in a great neighborhood.
We waited all day yesterday (hence, no painting) to hear the buyer's decision, but we weren't notified, so we did not get the house.

 It's been discouraging, but we'll keep our chins up and keep looking.

Above are a couple of drawings of "nouveau" ladies based on vintage photographs.
Hope to get back to painting next week.



33 comments:

  1. Oh wow Chris your Nouveau Ladies look excellent, great drawing technique.
    Greetings
    Sabine

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  2. Appreciate your lovely comment, Sabine. Thank you!

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  3. Beautifully the ladies drawn and great when one encounters such people the same are symbian.
    I keep my fingers crossed that one day with a house!
    Greetings Elke

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    1. Thanks, Elke!
      We'll find something soon.

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  4. Oh, I'm so sorry for that, Chris!!
    pause - break - rest

    Your Ladies are great! The upper one looks so deep in thought.
    Perhaps she is thinking/dreaming of a new home as well...

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    1. Haha! I think you're right, Beo. She (and I) will find a great house soon.
      Thank you.

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  5. Chris, your ladies are so nicely done. I'm looking forward to the upcoming paintings. How cool that you and Tim got to meet your blogging buddy and her husband in person! It's too bad the offer on the house wasn't accepted, but I bet you'll find something that you like even more.

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    1. Thanks, Candy.
      The lunch was really so nice & the house, ... You're right. We'll find something that we like even more.

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  6. I think the ladies speak of the era they are from so perfectly!
    Just think...in fifty years we will be seeing
    the black eye liner look on female faces - back to the Nile and Cleopatra.!
    Bummer about the house. Weird because I was picking up you had found one.
    Our market here had a very slight uptick and that is it.
    I do believe in the jigsaw puzzle of life where all the pieces have to fit together.
    The house piece of the puzzle has to fit all sides.
    Hate to think of the disappointment you felt so maybe the deal will fall through if it is meant to be yours.

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    1. Thanks, Julie. Yes, it's funny how trends repeat themselves. Of course, lots of people around here never left the 60's.
      And the house... If it is not meant to be ours, then I thank God for slamming the door on a money pit. That one popped up when we didn't expect it. Another one will, too.

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  7. Must have been such a nice meeting, filled with much talk and laughter. Greetings and best wishes!

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    1. It was a wonderful meeting. And I'm glad to see YOU. Welcome back!

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  8. How lovely, Chris! I admire and appreciate your artistic talent!

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  9. These are lovely drawings. They have such character and liveliness to them. The shading/ hatching brings energy. Looking at the drawings i thought (maybe just as an exercise, not as a final piece) what if you leave the ladies in black/ white and color in the background or introduce some crazy patterns to the background? In my imagination they look like dancers to me, somehow that spirit echoed through the pages. I hope you find your dream house and settle in. I am sure it is down there waiting for you. Have a nice weekend Chris.

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    1. That is a great suggestion, Ozge! Thank you. I will try it.

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  10. Chris, we loved every second of our time with you and Tim! Such a delight getting to know you in person! David and I have talked about how wonderful it was many times since then. Sorry to hear about the house. It can be an exhausting/exciting process for sure. Till we meet again, my friend. xoxoxoxo!!!! Oh, and I love your nouveau ladies!

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    1. Ditto, Kali. Tim and I loved every minute with you and David! Next time, a field trip to the coast would be nice. We could sit on a deck and eat crabby patties and drink beer. Let's make it sooner than later.

      And the house. It's all about timing. The current owner is getting it ready to sell, I bet.

      Safe trip home!! Hope you got some great photos in Washington & here in Oregon. And, like you said, we could be neighbors (relatively) someday. You just never know...

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  11. lovely ladies :) sorry you did not get the house. houses around here are going for insane amounts of money for what they are and where they are. people bought them cheap for investments and now think they are worth more than they are, so sit unsold

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. Hope the house craziness will end soon for everyone.

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  12. Great drawings, Chris! Glad you are keeping your chin up. Sounds like a tough market for houses there.

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    1. Thanks, Teri.
      The mad rush for housing that began in the spring is starting to slow down now. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  13. Fantastic drawings! Simply lines - great expression!
    It feels good to meet people the first time ... as if you had known forever.
    The right house is waiting for you!
    Happy Sunday!
    Rike x

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  14. Thank you, Rike.
    Yes, we really loved meeting Kali and David in person. They are so warm and friendly!
    And I believe we'll find the house very soon. Thanks!
    Happy Sunday to you!!

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  15. Lovely drawings! For sorry to hear about your house-buying challenges. The markets here (in Ontario) are also crazy. Good luck and keep working at it - am sure you will find the best one!

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    1. Thank you, Pat.
      We will find something soon, I'm sure.

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  16. These look so awesome and so modern!!

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  17. Do not lose heart, I'm sure the right dream home is waiting for you!
    Great women portraits again, only drawn with hatching! I find that very difficult, but you do it outstanding!
    Regards Ulrike

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    1. Thank you, Ulrike.
      The house is out there, you're right.

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  18. Oh Chris, these ladies are beautiful.....SO unique .... And I know how disappointed you must feel about losing that house but you'll see everything will be okay and your perfect home will come soon. Hugs!!!

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    1. Thank you, Hilda.
      And I know the house will come soon. Appreciate it!!

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  19. Oh my Chris your drawings of these ladies is just superb. Sorry about your house hunting - I am sure the perfect place is just waiting on you. Hugs!

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