Long Hiatus

Portrait
Ball Point Pen on Paper, 8.5×5″

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It has been since last June that I last posted on this blog. I have been posting work to my painting blog for most of that time. I just decided to do more drawings and I also went through my sketch book and found all kinds of drawings to post.

Also, since I became a Grandma, I am in thrall to my adorable grandson. He has taken much of my creative attention. I have been sewing baby clothes for him. He doesn’t need much now so I am making larger sizes for him. Besides, I just can’t help myself.

Sometimes it’s good to go back to basics. Drawing is foundational to an observational artist. When I draw all I need to worry about besides a certain stylistic naturalism is value range (light to dark). When I paint I have to keep track of hue, color temperature (cool, warm), in addition to value range. That’s a lot more to juggle. Without the complications of color I can concern myself  with just structure. The structure of this is merely the structure that communicates a particular female form. I would rather that it had included an indication of context but the time allotted and the circumstances of the drawing environment precluded any of the surroundings. 

I have often invented a context in previous works but they don’t seem satisfying.  The contrivance seems to be too obvious. So viewer, take them for what they are. Fast studies. Having limited time is beneficial as it encourages a swift execution which forces one to just observe and draw. With no time for the inner critic to interfere with the process, the drawing can just happen.

More to come.


February 10, 2014