Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mrs.L's Passion




Vicky Lauren's  passion and my first animal drawing, pencil.


Sunday Morning, Me and My Shadow
drink coffee passionately; photograph
Mrs. Ralph Lauren's passion is a beauty. The photograph, of the white looks-like-an-Arabian-stallion to me who knows nothing about horses, grabbed my attention while leafing through Bazaar, while suffering from food poisoning. Its beauty took my breath away and got my mind off my distress. I wanted to run my hand through that glorious mane, instead I pulled myself together and did a pencil sketch.

 It's no secret that the clothing designer's family is head over hooves in love with the equestrian. His off-the-rack clothes smack of horsewoman. His belts are great. His jeans and polos I love, and every now and then you can find a easy dress i the Lauren collection that slides on and can go anywhere. I do admire the man's talent and that gorgeous horse it bought his RL-chic wife, Vicky.

You'd think I'd be a horse lover. I am not. Only time I was on a horse was when my friends decided we should go riding. They rode. I trailed behind by twenty lengths with the stable boy who made the horse go every time the horse would wind down; I couldn't kick him.  I don't know whether I couldn't kick him because I was afraid of hurting the horse or that the stable boy was a real looker and our slow ride with a sudden lurch every now and then was much more interesting than catching up with the girls? Anyway, my car never needs the whip--or the stable boy.

L.W. Roth's summer passion: Michigan cherries; photograph
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25 comments:

  1. BEAUTIFUL!! Is it a he or a she? Somehow I see a feminine touch... BTW have u seen War Horse? Being an animal lover the horse had me in tears.

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    1. Yes. I loved it! I also liked Seabiscuit. As a kid, the big race horse to have in your trading card collection was Man of War and Seabiscuit. I had both. --I have no idea what gender the horse is. I skimmed the article to see if I could catch the horse's name, but didn't skim hard enough or it just wasn't mentioned, or the horse was a prop? At any rate, I thought the horse was magnificent--magnificent enough to move me to take out pad and pencil.

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  2. What a fabulous drawing of this beautiful horse!

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    1. Thanks Judy. You can see the reference photo I used in this month's Harper Bazaar. It's a gorgeous animal.

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  3. I absolutely love this sketch of the horse...I've tried many times and I find it difficult. and I love the photo of you and your shadow drinking coffee.. we find art EVERYWHERE..love it.!!

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    1. Art is everywhere Hilda. We're very lucky we can see it--from a gorgeous, Payne's Gray stormy sky to a trash heap loaded with colors intermixed with sultry grays. As for horses, try again. They are gorgeous creatures and a challenge to draw when they are rounding the club house turn and kicking up the dust. I read the sport section particularly around Derby time.

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  4. Hey, Rookie, that id damn good for a first time!!! And to a total equiphiliac like me, it does indeed look like a fine Arab. And you shadow photo wonderful!

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    1. I was waiting to hear from you. What nerve I had attempting that drawing when I know how good you are. He/she was so gorgeous, I was driven out of my genre. I'm so glad I guessed what kind of horse it is too. I think it's the long silky mane that made me think Arab. I also saw Lawrence of Arabia quite a few times. It looked like Peter O'Toole's horse:-))

      I must say I do love the races and when we went, I was pretty good at picking winners. I chose my horse by 1) if the horse could run in the rain (he was a mudder); 2) if the jockey had an impressive reputation; and then if he was beautiful when he was lead out onto the track. I figured if a horse was a mudder on rainy days, he must be fast as hell when the sun was shining:-))

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  5. Enjoying catching up w these posts. Can't log on. Jean Spitzer

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    1. I hate days like that. I'm never sure whether it's me, my computer, the browser, or my service. I'm sorry you're having one. Be patient. Draw and leave the computer world behind.

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  6. Es un dibujo muy bien realizado, me gusta mucho. Saludos cordiales. Sonia.

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    1. I'm glad you like it Sonia. It was a surprise to me when I tore the page out of my magazine, actually did sit down and draw it and it came out okay. A hug from Michigan.

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  7. Didn't see that one coming, nice sketch. You really captured that horse.
    Tasty cherries, coincidently I have just finished 2 large painting with cherries. I love painting cherries.

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    1. I've tried that, but the painting wasn't as beautiful as the real thing.
      Not bad for a first attempt at animal painting; I surprised myself.

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  8. LOL! I love that story. :) I think it was the stable boy's charms. Your sketch is just beautiful!! You really captured that gorgeous horse. Well done!

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  9. Beautiful horse portrait and i like the fotography too. You select a horse for paint your first animal. It is a very dificult animal and congratulations, I seems you did an excellent work.

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    1. Thanks Eve. I wasn't sure I could do it. I was thrilled at the results. Maybe my good luck was due to drawing as soon as my foot hit the floor at 6:30 AM. I was pretty fresh.

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  10. A beautiful drawing,very well done,... fresh cherries, your shadow while you drink the coffee ... Linda,you bring us a moment in your life and actions of the day, as friends with whom you are close to ... computer!Thanks,Rita.

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  11. cool horse....can't imagine you have never drawn an animal before...!

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    1. Never. The first two art books I ever owned were given to me by my dad. One was Drawing the Human Figure; the other was drawing animals. I never cracked open the animal book. I devoured the human figure book till it was tattered and torn. As far as I knew and had seen, artists didn't draw animals; they drew the figure. Human anatomy was important.

      Cool is exactly what attracted me to this photograph yanked. I loved the mane blowing in the wind.

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  12. Beautiful capture Linda. Love the sweep of the mane, a lot of pencil work but you have kept it soft and flowing.

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    1. Thanks Ann. Having not gotten to the supply store for Cadmium Yellow Light, he/she was a filler. I'd been looking at the photograph for a long time, the depletion of my yellow got me to do something about it.

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  13. Wonderful movement and values in the drawing.
    LOVE the image of your shadow - did you punch up the yellow and blue or is your floor really that yellow?
    Cherries - we are eating them like crazy at the moment. Our favs are Colorado cherries.

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    1. Because you haven't experienced a Michigan cherry:-))

      Yes, I did punch up that photo. I wanted the shadow to be darker than it came out. I might have punched up the vividness too, but I don't remember. I cooked it till it was done.

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  14. Hi Linda, Oh wow, love the horse. I love cherries too. E

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