MONDAY LAUNDRY was truly a twenty minute sketch--It's rough, but so is doing the laundry.
CHOCOLATE MOUSE $2.95 is actually three sketches done on three occasions. Combined, they are the plan for the current triptych I'm doing in acrylics on canvas. You'll see this one again in 2011 as the triptych develops.
BEAR BRITCHES,done sitting on the cold cement of my front steps early one morning was a second study of form, color and light. The first didn't get what attracted me to the plant. Not every sketch is successful. As you gotta break a lot of eggs and kiss a few frogs, you gotta waste some paper to get where you want to go.
BEACH HAT WAITING, but not for long. I like the simplicity of this one--would be more interesting multiplied in a larger piece.
PISTACHIO NUTS, not such a great sketch, but a favorite food. I love pistachio nuts, so I love this drawing. I'll do it again sometime--after I get back down to where I want to be on the scale. for now, they're not allowed in the house.
LINDA'S SUNFLOWERS. All artists must try their hand at sunflowers in tribute to Vincent--plus they're such a perky flower you have to give them a try.
LADY IN THE BEACH HAT. My personal favorite. Not only did I do it in a fun spot--straddling a lounge chair, poolside in Puerto Vallarta while sipping a bloody mary--but it's a sunny picture that makes me smile. The red line does it. the simplicity of it makes it a keeper.
OLD ONIONS IN THE PANTRY is another twenty minute sketch I'm fond of. It's tell-tale of my neglectful housekeeping, but has artistic character. I like the puddling, even though it's not good craft. It was done on the drawing paper, not watercolour stock. In the field,you use what you have on hand.
It was difficult choosing which watercolours to show. I did quite a few that I thought had merit. Watercolours and soluble markers put color in my life and color pushed me into acrylics, up on the easel and back in the studio.
Before this year, Berol pencils, charcoal, a knead eraser, stubs and a shammy used to be my favorite drawing materials. They're still my favorite for portraiture. Taylor and Ruby Louise took about half an hour, (charcoal and pastels are great for very fast impressions). Kelly, in pencil, took a few days. I like Kelly's portrait. It has a Gatsbian flavor. More time spent, it's more than a "head-shot." It has character and action--she's talking, she's drinking, she's stroking her hair, she's animated, she's Kelly.
TAYLOR, with the same attitude as her grandmother as a kid. That would be me.
KELLY. Another woman with attitude I find attractive. She opinionated. She's vocal. She's never dull and has a huge heart.
RUBY LOUISE,unaffected and just plain sweet--a bright eyed munchkin.
Reviewing these drawings and paintings the last couple of days, I won't be joining a book club or brushing up on my canasta game anytime soon. I never remember the titles of the books I've read or any outstanding hands I've been dealt. I do recall drawings that taught me something or astounded me.I didn't stumble across them in my files, I recalled them immediately and pulled them out. What I did stumble across were drawings that should be trashed. Tomorrow, I'll own up to the 2010 worst of LWR. Maybe use the delete key?