Watching Hockey

Hockey Partner
Ballpoint Pen on Paper, 5.5×8.5″
I have mentioned before that my husband is a rabid hockey fan. Well, the male half of the couple we visited in Florida is his equal in rabid hockey fanaticism. He can’t get video of the local team in Florida so he set up a system whereby he can stream the games to his digital recording device and watch them the next day. It’s really funny looking at the monitor in our living room knowing he is manipulating it for the next game while he is in Florida.
Here he is occupying the very same love seat his dog likes to sleep on while watching a hockey game he had recorded the previous day. Of course my hubby was right there with him every minute of the game shouting at the TV with every good or bad play or good or bad call.

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March 30, 2011

Best Friend

Favorite Love Seat
Ballpoint Pen on Paper, 5.5×8.5″
On our Florida visit, we stayed with a couple who are very good friends. And so is their aging dog. She is a tripod. One of her forelegs was amputated due to a bone cancer. It was last year and, at the time, the vet recommended putting her down. My friends said no. Even though she was an older dog, there was no sign of cancer anywhere else and no sign of arthritis. And she never behaved liked an old dog. So the surgery was done. She had been well for the last year. Here is their best friend sleeping on a favorite sleeping spot.

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March 29, 2011

End of the Event

Bassist #2
Ballpoint Pen on Paper, 8.5×5.5″
This was the last number of the last set of the Humane Society Benefit. I had very little time to draw this last musician. This is all I could catch but I think I caught the attitude of the bassist’s action. My gesture drawing caught the folds of the shirt on his right hand and something of his movement on the finger board. If I’d had more time I would have drawn something of the plaid in his shirt. That kind of detail will have to wait for another day and another post.

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March 27, 2011

Drummer

Drummer
Ballpoint Pen on Paper, 85.x5.5″

This the drummer in the band from the benefit. I am presenting these in the order in which I drew them. All were done while the band was playing. If I began at the beginning of a set, I had more time and I could include more information. This was just before a break so I was limited by the length of the number. I did adjust the relative darkness of the tones afterword for a more complete value range but I did not add any objects.


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March 25, 2011

Bassist #1

Bass Gutiarist
Ballpoint Pen on Paper, 8.5×5.5″
Here is the bassist from the country and western benefit. The artist sang for the benefit and so did the bassist. In fact I think they all sang either as soloist or as back-up. I did write that the music was great and I will write it again. The music was great.

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March 24, 2011

Acoustic

Acoustic Guitar
Ballpoint Pen on Paper, 8.5×5.5″
After we arrived at our destination and had a nap to remedy a night of little sleep, we attended a benefit with our friends. It was for the local Humane Society. It was a night of barbeque, country music, and line dancing. I decided to make some quick sketches of the musicians. This is the first of four drawings of the group. 
These guys are the local rock band playing music of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, etc. They were asked to play country and western for this event. My understanding is that they had to get together to brush up on the genre. I have to say they did an outstanding job. The music was excellent everyone had a great time.

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March 24, 2011

Test of My Character and Drawing

Waiting for a Canceled Flight
Ballpoint Pen on Paper, 8.5×5.5″

 

Flying for travel has become so fraught with stress that I’m thinking the train would be better. You might as well strip down to the skin for security to avoid x-ray exposure. Then there is the waiting. We had to fly into Miami International so we could fly back the way we came to get to our destination. The connecting flight was on time but the weather was so bad, the departure time kept changing by half hour increments. After nearly two hours of that, they canceled the flight and we had to stay overnight at a hotel near the airport. We had to wait another hour and a half for transport there. After 4 hours sleep, we headed back to the airport to wait another hour and a half to see if our stand-by tickets would successfully get us on our connecting flight. After some nail biting, two seats became available at the last minute.
This is a drawing of another passenger waiting for the flight to cancel. With nearly two hours of waiting, I was able to get pretty persnickety with the details. I think this captures the irritation of this woman as we both waited in vain for our flight.

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March 22, 2011

Drawing at the Airport for Spring Break

Waiting
Ballpoint Pen on Paper, 8.5×5.5″
If you visit my other blog, you’ll see a watercolor from my spring break visit to friends in Florida. Here, I will post drawings made while traveling and drawings of just about anything that caught my eye while visiting. 
This drawing was done while waiting to board our flight to Miami International and then connect with another flight to our destination. The hurry-and-wait of traveling can be exhausting. Added to that the security measures can be very irritating. Then there is the waiting to board an airplane only to be packed in like sardines. Air travel has become a test of character. More on that later.
For me the boredom of waiting is much relieved by drawing. I have my little sketchbook with me all the time for just such instances. I am also making drawings to show my classes the concept of completing an entire space and using the technique of massed line to create the values. (That’s all the tones from light to dark. That’s an FYI for the non-artists.) I have assigned drawings to my life drawing class with the goal of completing the pictorial space so I adhere to practicing what I preach whenever its possible. More to come.

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March 20, 2011

Spring Break

Island Palm
Watercolor on Rag Paper, 9×4″
My husband and I went to Florida to visit some close friends during spring break. It’s seems obligatory to paint pictures that evoke a sense of the place to which one is visiting. This spot seemed to do that. This is in an historic district of a coastal town on the Florida’s northern Atlantic shore. It’s a delight but unaffordable to most people. My friends live outside of town. There is also the threat of hurricanes during that season. It’s a very artistic community with many active artists including my friend. You can see more art from my spring break by following the link to my other blog.

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March 20, 2011

Surprises

On the Beach
Watercolor on Masa Paper, 10.5×10″
Since I had used watercolors for last week’s painting, I decided to use it again this week.  Oils work best for me over two sessions because of the drying issue. I find that I can go just so far with a wet painting and no further unless it’s small piece. And even then there are refinements that I would have wanted to make with another session. Watercolors allow a completion in one session.
Well, as surprised  as I was with last week’s results. I was just a surprised with the difficulties I has this week. Hands were a particular challenge. I resolved one hand by cropping it right off at the right. It was extremely forshortened and I just couldn’t get it right with all the slight changes in position that happen with each model break. Her left hand is only marginally acceptable. And this watercolor is a second attempt!
It’s the same pose as before and the background was as plain so I invented the beach scene. I am going on vacation to visit friends near the beach so it has been on my mind. Voila!

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March 5, 2011