Miss Leonora

Passport photo from 1923 - Leonora at age 28

Rua Dr. Soter de Araujo 3

Santos, Brazil

Feb. 19, 1921

 

Dearest Miss Root,

 

You see I am in Santos after all, and I am so happy – just as you said I would be. At least I am happy to be with Guido Gnocchi and his family, and I shall be more happy when I can feel that I am really helping him in the work for the Cause. There seems to be very little that I can do until I know Portuguese pretty well – Guido assures me that then I can do much – but meanwhile, therefore, I am putting all of my time on the Portuguese, and of course I am getting practice continually, as neither Snr. nor Snra, G. knows any English. They are helping me a great deal, and I am also teaching them English now in the class which I have begun and am to have 3 evenings a week. I have translated one of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s talks, and Snr. G. has corrected it, and I hope to do much in this way, for I think the translation of the Teachings is one of the most important and urgent needs.

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Another Gallery Post

Gallery post of the Gallery!

So that first gallery post looked pretty good… Using a large size photo in the centre position really uses the space well.

Self Portrait with Glasses & Self

Will experiment with a few photos together…..

Just Abstract

Mixed Media – acrylic on paper 11×14.

Contrary to what has been posted so far there is a secret genre of paintings in my repertoire that would only be called abstract.  Have worked for several years in mixed media and have gotten to really love the unpredictability of how the paint reacts to different papers, gels and mediums.

Mixed Media – acrylic on 140 lb. w/c paper – 16×20

It’s experimental and lots of fun.

In process…

The whole series of works developed out of a request for workshops in mixed media that grew from a few individual classes offered in 2004.

African theme in process

Then they mushroomed and was offering them through our local arts council.

Mixed Media Workshop Critique

Am positive that I learned as much from my students as they did from me!  And what a great excuse to really “play” with paint.

My California Art Studio

Still Life with Lilies in process…..

Lately have been missing my studio that I left behind in California to come to Israel….. Thus the header here showing part of the interior, paintings, brushes….

Sonora Studio Interior

This photo was taken on a tidy day!  The screen at left is hiding the work area….ie: the messy side!

Showing the messier side of the studio with still life on easel

This picture shows the studio a little more realistically…..  On the easel is a still life of white lilies.

White Pitcher Still Life on Easel

At the right is the left corner of the studio with 8×10 on my larger pochade box easel.  This painting had TWO buyers at the reception night..luckily one collector was there 10 minutes earlier than the other, so there was only a bit of friendly banter over her having gotten it first…..

White Arum Lilies still life set up in the gallery.

Okay – that is pretty large for the page, but it shows the still life, the oil painting…before it was finished… as well as the gallery corner we were set up in.  Painted this with a few friends – really cool to see how each of us had a different view, different style and medium.

Painting Plein Air in Calaveras County, Calif.

Okay – this is the first time I’ve shown this photo that Diane took of me while we were painting out at Melones Lake…. We were out there to get some small paintings of the California Poppies on the hillsides.  We were on the border of Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties… the sides of the hills were COVERED in solid orange.  It was an extraordinary year for poppies.

Poppies painting on easel.

This shows the view looking east up the valley with the lake below, and the hillside covered with poppies. And my sweet little Guerilla Painters pochade box which I had to leave in California till further notice!!  {sigh….}

Miniature landscape of near Oakdale

Near the end of each year we would have a miniatures show and this was one done down in the valley below Tuolumne County outside the town of Oakdale.  There were rolling hills instead of mountains….grassy meadows dotted with green oak trees.

Have a tiny corner with field easel set up here in my little flat that I’ve painted at several times now….  It’s not quite the same.  Am hoping to get outdoors with my pochade box to paint in October or November when it’s cooler.  There’s so much to paint here…..almost too much!  Lots of movement, lots of colour!  More to come………

Blogging 201

So, I’ve learned a lot about blogging over the past few months and managed to post a few interesting things.  Still on that uphill slope.  Today trying to change the appearance of my pages and experimenting with a newly designed format.  My widgets are all in the wrong place and my row of past posts is at the top instead of at the bottom….but am hoping to get it sorted it out soon.  Meanwhile have patience and next weekend will work on putting up a new bunch of photos!