Sunday, January 31, 2010
A classic drawing dilemma... I drew this same thing several times and each time, one or more of the fingers did not match up to their counterpart on the other side of the acorn or adjacent finger. After an hour or so, it dawned on me that if I hold my hand in midair for any length of time, its position is going to change. Duh. Next time, some sort of anchoring trick.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I'm fortunate to live a few minutes away from what may be the premiere metro parks community center in the city, complete with a new fitness room, basketball court, indoor track and pool. Andrew Batey is the gatekeeper from 6 AM - 2 PM, Monday through Friday and my favorite person in my local weekly routine. He doesn't miss a trick with anyone of any age who passes through the front door. It's a joy to stop and gab with him for a few minutes on my way to the gym or weight room.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Another phone meeting doodle obviously influenced by the film on Julius Schulman I saw last night, Visual Acoustics. I've been waiting to see this for at least half a year. Wouldn't I like to be in Palm Springs right this very moment.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
What I thought would take one, maybe two days took me a full week — Properly identifying, matting, backing, archiving and cataloging all of my paintings that had not been so handled from the past several years. I was up most nights in the studio till after 10 and finished up around 11 last night. Fortunately, I continued until I'd mostly cleaned up after myself.
Probably because of the coffee I drank after dinner last night and partially because of a situation, not in my control, that I am allowing to worry me to death, I didn't get more than a few hours of sleep.
Still, I managed to make a quick sketch of the aftermath this morning and some of the boxes of finished work all ready for collector and gallery review. Now to clean up and prepare the studio for a new batch of students coming in first thing tomorrow.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Alonso Fernando Piano held still long enough for me to conquer the structure but, alas, only just that long. Life is designed to move! This did not seem to be a problem for Gainsborough but Gainsborough I am not!
I'm dying to work in pencil where I am far more adept with the medium and mark making. But there's something to be learned in these pen exercises. Wonky as they are at the moment, I'm determined to let the process lead me. (Wherever that may be).
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Most of what's on TV horrifies me. However, there are a few things on basic cable worth watching, like the CSpan reports from Haiti, Cranford and Return to Cranford.
After a long afternoon into early evening of sorting paintings and matching to mats, backings and sleeves, I collapsed in front of my $5 TV. Wasn't able to pay as close attention as I would have liked to the Cranford crowd as I worked on this drawing at the same time.
I spend such little time in front of this tube that the real black hole in my experience may be this very laptop I'm looking at right now!
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Sunday, January 17, 2010
A favorite find from a Florida yard sale excursion, this Stangl Pottery Bird sits atop my dresser. It's a Kentucky Warbler from the early 1940's. Stangl made these figures through the early 60's but, as time wore on, the color and craftsmanship waned. This one has a repaired tail but no less charm.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
It is currently 58˚ F. Thank you, God! After spending much of the day doing new moon cleaning and clearing, I took myself out for a walk around Radnor Lake where ice slipped away from the surface. The sun was out and everyone was smiling.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The longer I drew, the darker it got.
I've switched to a new journal. It's 7 x 10 which is good because I was feeling cramped in the Derwent 4.5 x 6.5 book. The smaller is fab for throwing in the purse to have on hand at all times (so good thing I have some pages left in another volume). This larger is a Cachet and the paper is not my favorite and will not take a wash but I have it - two of them - so I'll use them for now and be happy with them! So, the paper doesn't take a wash but the ink dries almost instantly and does not smear The book itself is quite nice with coil binding, board ends and an elastic closing strap.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Here's a little bit from a couple of days ago. Yesterday, I used my time to work on a painting that I'll post over at Landscape into Art after I see if it needs more work. That will require me shoveling my way out to the studio. Ok, I won't need a shovel but I'm laying low in the house to use just one heating system.
It's lovely to watch the snow fall and to see the the walkway and yard undisturbed by foot and paw prints!
Friday, January 8, 2010
While praying for all the dogs left outside in yards, I'm working in my studio with 4 layers of clothes, 3 scarves and a cap. Yes, I have heat in the studio and the walls are very well insulated. But there are many windows (all covered) and just under the floor is slab concrete.
It's against my nature to let the wall heater run on for hours but as soon as I turn it off, the cold seeps back in. Well, it is 16˚ F but it's temporary and I'm grateful to have buildings with heat and warm clothes. And boots!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Last night I sketched a bit while listening to pros and cons on proposal of new convention center in Nashville where there are already three convention centers.
At a time when the budgets, staff and hours for public education, public libraries and community centers are being severely slashed, the mayor has tried to send through a 600 million dollar convention center project that does not include a required hotel which would add at least an additional 300 million.
Fortunately, a local attorney started a citizens group to (hopefully) force a referendum through which the citizens will have the opportunity to approve or disapprove this project.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Now that I am out of the bright direct sunlight, I see that I could have done a bit more with this but that's not the point. The point is simply to draw something from life every day and to let it go. It is so frigid here (still in the teens) that I could barely hold the pen properly to draw a straight line. When the temperature drops below a certain degree (not exactly sure which degree) I become all thumbs.
Although I desperately need to move on to other work, I went back in quickly with a brush and discovered that this violet ink lightens up considerably with water.
Monday, January 4, 2010
I woke up late and took hours to get in gear today. It was 9˚F when I woke. I was chiding myself for my slowness when I have so much to do! Then I read that local schools had pushed their opening times up by 2 hours. Have succumbed to the bitter weather and will do the work that I can manage.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Here is the scene of the first neighborhood Big Draw station three months later. Very cold — 18˚F. I was so pleased to whip out my sketchbook after breakfast and sail through an exercise.
I was shopping for Lamy Safaris (my personal favorite pen) the other night, ogling new colors and considering whether to save money with a ten pack of one color (basic black) or go wild and try drawing and writing in different colors. I remembered that I had some violet cartridges stashed away so I'll be drawing in violet for a little while.
I guess the most ecologically responsible thing would be to buy a converter and fill my pen from a bottle.
Friday, January 1, 2010
To help me draw every day no matter what, I am scattering drawing pads around the house and studio. Or that is my intention. I always carry one with me. I have squeezed one 4 x 6 sketchbook under the pillow where I sit to write in the morning. If I draw first thing then I don't have to sweat about it for the rest of the day. Which leaves me plenty of opportunity to make additional drawings!
- Snow Day
- Mr. Batey at work
- Nap Interruptus
- Hillside Doodle
- Partial Ivy
- After Cataloging
- One Bookshelf
- Figure Doodles
- Black Hole
- Stangl Bird
- Half Frozen
- Over Breakfast
- Cheekwood Parking Lot
- Darkness Falls Over My Back Yard
- Clock on Sill
- Boot Weather
- Town Hall Meeting
- Tallulah's Bear
- Gardenias South Window
- Keys and Compass
- Breakfast Out
- Watering Can on Hiatus
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