Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lazy Day Pastel To The Tune From Jaws

Morning Coffee with Pastels
Brutus Roth

It was a delightfully sunny morning on the deck with my pastels. Then the clouds came in  and brought the rain.

Our plans to go swimming with the kids while their parents were at the NASCAR race got changed to watching every Jaws movie ever made. The monotony of  a multitude of teenagers screaming and getting eaten by the  thirty five foot mechanical beast was broken when Uncle Steve came by with Brutus who was delighted to have young children fawn over him. I was delighted that they whacked him out long enough for me to take a  a relatively decent photo.

The dog is really sweet. How could anybody abandon such a beauty? There must have been an economic
catastrophe where he was sacrificed for the welfare of the family. He might be my first dog portrait.  There's money to be made in them there hills. People love portraits of grandchildren and  pets.

Painting with pastels was sweet too. Plenty of spontaneity.  I  think  I prefer them to watercolors for small works. They suit my temperament...My grandson just sat down at the piano and played the chords from the Jaws theme!

He has never played the piano before. When he couldn't figure out what came next, he moved on to play a series of chords: major, minor, diminished, augmented. (Follow the link if curious about what those terms mean).  He then chose one and started to make up the melody with his right hand.  Erin shouted," JD shut up!" I didn't say a word. keyboard  for the holidays was what I was thinking.  




6 comments:

  1. You are having some fun! Love this pastel and that dog is a beauty. He would make a lovely portrait! I read the first Jaws book on my honeymoon in Jamaica. It really made me afraid to go in the water! lol!

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    1. This pastel sucks for the most part. The dog is a keeper. I don't know whether I'll really do a portrait of him--maybe when I have no enthusiasm for anything else? I love dogs, but not enough to spend a lot of time with them on canvas.

      I loved the first Jaws--scared the hell out of me, but had no effect on my going into the ocean. I never went further than my knees and don't intend to. It's not sharks I worry about, it's the undertow.

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  2. You created a lovely family scene in my mind ...love your pastel, so fresh and spontaneous.

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    1. We were pretty laid back Jane. It was wonderful after all that running around. I can't wait to see what they come up with today. Whatever it is, II'm busy--doing laundry and waiting to instruct the tree trimmers. I do have my household duties--in addition to some more pastel explorations--perhaps with better results.

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  3. Wise grandmother, Linda! Love your joyful pastel!

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    1. So far, I see a kid who's got creative abilities both in music and in art that are worth encouraging to see if there's really any talent there. I'm going to have to get into the business of art, something I've always avoided, to get the funds to send some items that his parents wouldn't supply and might entice him to explore the disciplines further.

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