|The Blond Kids is done and signed .|
The UPS guy rang the bell twice this week bringing me art related materials. I finally bought myself a real mahl stick and some decent size tubes of Naples yellow which has become my favorite "flush" tone for little white kids. It doesn't scream. It's not pushy. It's totally easy to mix just a little this way and a little that. Perfect. I had all of the items
spread on the breakfast room table when Honey
walked in, eyed them, and remarked,"You have anymore art stuff on the way?" I could tell by his
tone that he thought I was spending our disposable income over the top. I didn't have the heart to tell him I was expecting Henry Yan's Figure Drawing (Tips and Techniques) the next day.
Yan's book is going to be the book that kicks me out the door to that studio session on Saturday mornings; just looking at the drawings made my hand itch to hold a piece of charcoal. His descriptions of how to obtain different quality lines with charcoal (and of course that info would apply to pastel) made me think I should get out the newsprint pad for a little experimental line session. I never really had anyone tell me there was any other way to use the sticks than holding them sideways.
As I was leafing through it, another book came to mind: Dynamic Figure Drawing which advocates being able to construct figures in many poses off the top of your head without a model. Yan's constructive style of circular geometric forms made me think I should pull that book out too for an anatomy review. My books are piling up. But I'm very well prepared for bad weather days in front of the hearth--or a life without Honey who should never get involved with any other activity besides work. How else can I keep that UPS guy coming to the door with art goodies everyday?