I haven’t made one of these in some time. I have been working mostly in oil. The stripes were the draw. I have said before that I am a sucker for pattern. The little head in the background is a ceramic bust a la the 18th century: the kind your gramma had in the 40s and 50s. I thought it was a nice contrast.
This is a very sensitive self-portrait which captures the determination of this young woman. She has been drawing for as long as she can remember. It shows. She has great desire and that is key. A little talent and a lot of desire can go a long way while a lot of talent and no desire goes nowhere.
Larry Cohen’s fourth self-portrait.
Larry the over achiever does it again!
I found this watercolor done late last spring. Our weather has been warm and very much like late May than late March/early April. So I thought this would be an appropriate post as a reminder of what we can look towards.
I don’t know how I misplaced it but, in going through my work and deciding which pieces I need to save, I find all kinds of stuff. The problem of storage for artists is perennial. We keep making art no matter what. It’s a compulsion. If it’s not sold what do you do with it? I have taken to spring cleaning and getting rid of anything I think is not up to my standards. Right now my house has been taken over by art. It’s definitely not a bad thing, but the lack of order is making me feel ill at ease.
I will keep something if it has a meaningful resonance even if it is not the best of executions. What it might lead to is what is important about the piece for me. But I really have to get my act together and find some order. I also need to have a BIG garage sale.
For those who don’t know about Masa paper it’s an Oriental printmaking paper with two surfaces. One side is smooth and shiny, the other side is fuzzy. I work it wet on the fuzzy side. Hence, the soft edges. The fuzziness of the paper limits the spread of the watercolor so it is not as uncontrollable as on standard rag watercolor paper. As it dries the crispness of the edges increases so one can add detail. It’s a situation that puts you where you need to be. One must work from general to specific refining the work as the paper dries.
This was done yesterday during class while my students were working on a long pose in a much larger size than this. I am very pleased with this little sketch. It also has elements that are similar in character to my work with dolls. It’s the mannequin parts at the lower part of the paper that make the relationship.