Monday, July 25, 2016

Blow The House Down


I'm Going To Huff...And Puff,   Graphite pencils HB, 2B, General 314 on Strathmore Drawing paper, 6" X 8".

Finished unafraid to blow down the house. Push it!  Push it!  Push it!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Drawing Fast; Drawing Slow

Fast Drawing:  General 314 pencil. 4" x 6"; Oye is dus a punim?
Facial muscles are mostly relaxed in portraiture.  Teethy grins are out.  Mona Lisa smile is the norm.
I like going for the stretch.  This fast draw caught my impression and calerified what interested me about the expression on my face.   I was interested in what the facial muscles can  do.  They can pucker. They can distort.  In a 'funny face' such as this, I can see where they are and what movement they are capable of.  I can see volume.  I am interest in those things, for if you know what muscle is where and how it can stretch and distort, you gain a better handle on our everyday expressions that reveal what we are thinking and feeling.  Expressions add incredible interest to a portrait.

.Slow Drawing.  Slow drawing allows  deeper investigation.

While fast draws last usually fifteen to thirty or forty minutes,  slow draws take longer than an hour or two.  Especially when pencil is the medium..  Drawing realistically and slowly, I see how the facial muscles interact with one another to give me such a grotesque expression--an expression that interests  me far more than the traditional Mona Lisa,  The Mona Lisa smile tells the viewer nothing.  It is secretive.  It supposedly makes the viewer wonder what she's thinking about, but this viewer lost interest in the painting in a matter of minutes and walked on.  This punim  (Yiddish meaning face), tells me what she's thinking and makes me wonder what's the rest of the story? What is she looking at that make her have such a reaction.  Lively expressions enliven portraits.  They make them more than a record of a person's existence and what they normally looked like, .

So draw fast to get your first impression; draw slow to understand it.  This work is still in progress.  The mouth and chin area are currently of interest. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016


RECUPERATING AND LOOKING OVER MY DRAWINGS FROM 2010, four months  after starting my blog Drawing-of-The-Day. The blog's purpose was to make drawing  a habit. It worked better than thought it would.  It made drawing a commitment I had to keep, pushed me from drawing with markers to drawing with graphite pencils and paint--from painting this and that,  to finding what subject interested me a lot.  My interest in portraiture came from these first efforts.

Technicolor Grasses, acrylic on canvas board.


Bears' Britches, WC markers on student grade drawing pad


Red Deck Chair, Watercolor Markers on Strathmore Drawing pad.

Erin, Graphite Pencil on Strathmore Drawing pad.

Sweet Dreaams. WC markers on Strathmore 80lb drawing paper.


Crystal Candy Dish. WC markers on Strathmore 80lb drawing paper


.Kelly, Graphite pencil on Strathmore 80lb drawing paper.

.Pistachio Nuts, Watercolor on student grade watercolor paper. 


Daffs,  Watercolor on student grade WC paper, about 10" x 10"

Taylor, Charcoal on Newsprint, 18" x 24"


WHEN YOU  SUDDENLY GO BACK TO DRAWING, you try this and that looking for what subjects, which mediums, on which supports suits you best.  Eventually, you do recognize your voice.  In nearly seven years, I found I am bilingual.  Traditional realism and Abstract Expressionism both get me excited.  I appreciate that one approach demands resolution and the other does not.  I appreciate that one demands precise drawing skills and careful stumbling while the other is gestural, loose and physically active.  I also found that I love being retired, past having to have a third career and can enjoy an amateur standing. I can sell. I can gift. It's up to me.  I am not tethered to any hitching post; I am a free agent.  Will my work land in a museum, the dream of all artists?  Maybe?  That no longer matters.  What matters is the doing.