Octavia at the Getty

Today was a not so terrific day. I’m still getting over the tonsillitis/flu or whatever is camping in my throat and making me miserable – and I’m probably going to have to go see the doc about it tomorrow. It’s been almost a week and I’m just plain tired of it and going around whispering. Add to that a problem sending email and I’ve been crankier than usual. Thankfully Steve the Eudora genius solved it quickly – apparently a corrupt email was stuck in the queue and wouldn’t let the others go out. Kudos to Steve at Qualcomm for solving it. Qualcomm, if you’ve got a Google alert on blogs and you’re reading this, give Steve in Mac tech support a raise, he’s good!

Anyway, I didn’t get around to painting anything new today, so I decided to scan a sketch of Octavia, sister of the triumvirate consul Octavian, as captured in marble. This sculpture is upstairs in one of the galleries at the Getty Villa, which I visited a week or so ago. If you’re watching Rome on HBO, you know that poor Octavia hasn’t been lucky in love. Apparently her bust wasn’t too lucky either, because somewhere along the line she lost her noble Roman nose. I’ve heard that Rome is only going to last two more episodes, which is a real shame, because it’s an excellent series and I was really looking forward to seeing Nero, Caligula and all their pals.


  1. Casey
    March 14, 2007

    These drawings on toned paper are wonderful, Karen – and I hope you’ll be feeling better soon.

  2. wendy
    March 14, 2007

    Pencil or pastel on coloured paper usually works so well doesn’t it? Nice drawing – apart from the need for a nose-job! Did you see that crazy film about Mr Bean visiting USA as an art expert and he dabbled with one ofyour famous paintings? It was a real circus.
    I hope you feel well soon. I’ve caught something now and am on antibiotics – a mushy throat but not painful.

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