Seemed Like Forever: Drawn to Distraction

Waiting in the ER
Ball Point Pen on Paper, 5.5×8″
Late last year I had to take my mother to the emergency room. She has a history of gastric problems and it was suspected that she may have had an intestinal blockage. It turned out that she didn’t but it seemed to take forever to come to that conclusion and deal with her problems. 
My mother’s patience for waiting was stretched to it’s limits. My mother is close to 98 years old. She says that, at her age, she doesn’t have time to waste waiting around. She wanted to get dressed an go home without the doctor’s release. This, after waiting for nearly two hours and with a resolution imminent. I told her she would have to call a cab because I was not going to take her home without having what was needed to be done, done. Besides, if I had taken her home, she would have been back in the ER that night with me sitting up with her. Then she’d tell me she was worried that I was not getting any sleep. Go figure!
If you have been following my blogs, you know I always have my sketch book with me for those times when I have to wait. It helps pass the time. In instances like these it also helps with managing my anxiety levels. So here is my mother on an uncomfortable ER gurney trying to doze through the interminable wait.

T F m
January 27, 2013

Continuous Line Drawing of My Students at Work

Drawing Studio
Ball Point Pen on Paper, 8.5×5″
Class begins again on Monday. I am teaching Basic Drawing and Life Drawing once again. This drawing was done a couple of semesters ago. It is a technique called continuous line. You put your drawing tool down and don’t pick it up until you finish the drawing. 
This could have gone on longer to establish a full value drawing by going back over areas and massing the line for a full value range. That would add more information like shadows or the degree of darkness of blue jeans of the dark color of the drawing board, the variation of value on the floor, etc. It’s really the preferred way to work. It allows building the whole drawing at once.

T F m
January 9, 2013

Same Pose. Different Painting

Turquoise and Green
Watercolor on Rag Paper, 10×7″


This is the same woman from the previous post. I had completed that watercolor painting with a little time to spare so I did another watercolor on rag paper of this woman as she sat in the studio. The studio is an old mill with very high ceilings. It’s a difficult space to heat. Since this was a head and shoulders portrait pose, it didn’t matter that, for warmth, she covered her lap and knees with a green, polar fleece blanket. The object to the lower left is a fan for distributing the heat. Just above that is a her snack—a granny smith apple. It picks up the green of the blanket very well. The contrast of the warm brown and the cooler turquoise and green works very well. 
We, of course were too busy to worry about the slight chill in the room. That and the fact that we were wearing sweaters and sweatshirts made us less susceptible. Models have to take care of themselves because we’ll just let them suffer. We are just so intensely involved, we don’t notice much other than what we are doing. 
With less time to be finicky, this has a much more generalized look than the pervious work. No specifics of a portrait here. Just what she is doing and a few notations of her surroundings. As a quick study, it still says what needs to say.

T F m
January 9, 2013