Today we focused on adding detail to portions of the mural that already have their second coats of paint, meaning that was a bit slow on any major changes. I focused on perfecting my friend Pres. Spencer's eyes and glasses and adding chains to the figures supporting the Chambers building while Isabel worked on the Delta letter jacket.
In the afternoon I had a chance to catch up with one of my former art professors, Herb Jackson. Throughout my career at Davidson, Herb was both my professor and mentor. His works are part of private and institutional collections around the world. He's most renown for his Veronica's Veil series, though he works with various subjects.
It was in Herb's classes did I begin to understand the power and place of vibrant color and texture in painting. Over lunch we chatted about our art, upcoming shows, and new projects in the pipeline. Herb described since his retirement in 2011 he has been able to paint everyday uninterrupted and on his own schedule. I've been to his studio in Davidson along with other art majors and it is a place of envy among artists. So the thought of being able to spend your day in a studio with nothing but the canvas, a bit of paint and XM radio's top 40 sounds like the perfect retirement plan. Please note, I doubt that Herb listens to XM's top 40 but who doesn't love Carly Rae's Call me Maybe?! Don't judge.