Saturday, June 30, 2012

Slowly, Slowly JD; Slowly, Slowly A Lake Craft

At this point, poor JD looks cross-eyed. His eyes are lacking mischief
Slowly, slowly slowly, I will correct his vision and I'm learning a lot about shaping two dimensional forms. Moulding the head ala Calle's method of lines reminds me of drawing the muscles in anatomy class. All the striations and overlaps. It wouldn't hurt to review  my  old anatomy book and drawings to really get a heads up on  Calle's drift. (Pun intended). But I'm liking the procedure. It's studied. It's cautious. It's calls for precision, a lot like designing.



A MILESTONE DAY YESTERDAY FOR MISTER R. Note the smile on his face as he puts his shoes\back on. That smile is because he's thrilled with himself. He walked down to the dock with me and right off the edge. It was his first plunge after thirteen years of living on the water and his first plunge into a lake since he was a kid at camp. Resurfacing, he couldn't believe the water was so clean and warm and lovely and he hadn't done it sooner. He felt just like I had felt last year.

If I hadn't had my boating incident, he wouldn't have come with me, but he thought I couldn't be trusted to go swimming alone even though the boat remains crumpled in the garage.  He did spot an electric motor on one of the boats in dock and I swam over to take a closer look. Our raft wouldn't do. We need a boat designed for such.  With Honey's new enthusiasm, boating may still be an option?

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  1. oh boy!, (lol) I think something may be in the works!... I can see u two putting your heads together and coming up w/a sketch to show a designer...

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    1. I hope so. I do think it would be fun to paddle around the lake that JD calls a pond after seeing Lake Michigan. There must be some little craft out there that will satisfy this weir, late in life desire?

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    2. THERE is and always will be something to fit whatever age and pocketbook.... so how much does he want to spend on this? both of you should get your heart's desires...enjoy it while u can!

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    3. This is not a hearts and desire size lake. The boat I looked at yesterday with the electric motor, which is allowed on our tiny lake, was a fishing rowboat model with swivel chairs, a container to stash your fresh catch, two life preservers (aha) and a decent oar (aha, aha). I didn't really have fishing in mind, just cruising about at dawn or dusk--something I loved to do as a kid. I was good at canoeing, unfortunately my knees won't take the position of stern kindly. I could only paddle the bow now. But a canoe would be appropriate, but doesn't take a motor for when this body, no long ten, can't paddle another inch.

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  2. I really envy your patience. I finally painted my first water lily painting in ages, been insecure about where to take them with my new looser style. At first I sketch it up,and started to work methodical. I was bored as hell and the painting looked like I walked into a time warp, stepping back a few years. I finally just let loose and went more on instinct and trusting myself. And I think it is a good first attempt.
    It is interesting how different we all are. And that is a good thing. But we can all learn from each other.

    Happy painting.

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    1. Absolutely. I am definitely in a time warp! I've thought so for years. I'll let go of this drawing soon. I think he looks spastic. But the effort wasn't for nothing. I did get a feel for how his face goes together. Wait till you see the monstrosity I've made of him; my impatience reared it's ugly head. Tomorrow: charcoal full figure. See if I really learned something. If you're bored with a painting there's no other choice but to throw yourself into it freely. Plus what do you have to lose? Actually, I also think it's a good idea to put a painting/drawing aside for a bit--to separate yourself from it.

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  3. Hello Linda ! you have time to fix the eyes of the boy!
    And to go on the lake to feel the wonderful atmosphere of a free day!
    Happy Sunday!

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    1. As you take breaks in your garden, I like going down to the lake. It's a bit of a walk, but into an entirely lovely environment that refreshes my outlook and gives me clearer vision when I return to the easel. Breaks are good.

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  4. I see a future of a lot of good swimming together in the lake, how wonderful !

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    1. I hope so. But Ellis is still apprehensive about lakes. He too favors swimming pools where you can see the bottom. But he does think I shouldn't go alone. And, after my boating stupidity, I'm not sure he isn't right. I've noticed the neighbor lake swimmers have swim buddies. That may be a good idea, but it sure takes the spontaneity out of it. The discussion goes on. At this point, I'm leaning towards going when I want.

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