Friday, November 9, 2012

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I'm Your Guy, Charcoal, 18 x 24.

Pencil study of JD
Pulled these drawings out of the drawer for review. Got out an 18 x 24" canvas. Set out a cleaned palette and prepared some neutrals to lay down the initial wash. I was about to do another half body study of JD in charcoal when Honey yelled down I had to come up and wait for the garage door repair man. He would be coming between twelve and two. So much for spending the afternoon in the studio. No way did I want the bell to ring while I was in the middle of anything I couldn't finish.  I plodded up the stairs and spent the time shopping for a couple of crystal chandeliers for a client. I found a style that might be compatible with the existing one in her dining room--and then again might not be? I'll find out Monday. The garage repair guy showed up just as the clock in the hall chimed two.

The success of the day was my garage door is operable once again from the remote control. I told Honey not to the sweep the garage  floor anymore if he was going to whack those little wires in the sensor boxes. He made no promises. "The wires were old and on the brink" And so some days go.

Have a wonderful weekend everybody. Paint, make love, do anything but sweep the garage.

16 comments:

  1. All the other stuff that cluttered your day aside... I find it really intriguing that you did more than one preliminary drawing for this portrait. Please post your progress as you go, it looks amazing! Oh, and thank goodness the garage door is fixed! Right before the cold weather sets in!

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    1. I believe in making myself aware of the problems before there are problems; that means doing a little bit of exploration before you hit the canvas with all you've got. I actually 'see' this painting as being bigger, but I'm not that sure of myself that I think I'm ready to tackle a larger canvas. For all I know, this painting will end up being another 'study.' Portraiture in oils is still new to me; I am feeling my way.

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  2. The charcoal study is wonderful. I am convinced with regard to garage sweeping and am off to persuade my lady that I should spend the weekend painting and making love. It may be that she has other plans.

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    1. Thanks Mick. May my oil attempt come out as well. It is highly likely that had I swept the garage, the outcome would have been the same.

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  3. Beautiful drawing! I think you totally nailed it!

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  4. Have a great weekend and happy painting. I will hopefully get closer to finish my hallway. There will come some workers today and put some new woodwork around the door openings and finish some electrical fittings. Then it is up to me to do some final paitning. Haven't painted any art for a week. I am starting to get an itch to start something again.

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    1. Art is a habit that's hard to break. But I would paint the hallway first and finish up that project. We've known a lot of homeowners who started their own renovation projects, but never finished. They had better things to do. Their wives got disgusted and called us in to put an end to the mess they left and their argument. Sometimes breaks like your having gift you with new zeal when you come back to the easel.

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  5. I am not a portrait painter but it happened to draw with graphite face of my daughter or my niece.By doing this I have removed the nostalgia, I felt closer to these beloved presence and in the end it was as if instead of using a pencil ... I was caressing their faces ... maybe it happens to you?
      I have become fond of optimistic smile of this guy ... seems to tell me that everything IS REALLY OKAY!!!
    An affectionate greeting to all subjects of your powerful portraits.
    I hope that you and yours can always have harmony and health!

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    1. Same to you Rita. You are such a dear heart. I feel the same thing when I'm painting my children. I feel closer to them. I feel like I am stroking their hair, their cheeks, touching their lips and tweaking their noses. But I also feel that when painting others. A portrait is a personal thing; painting them is tactile; painting people is a search for understanding their circumstances through their expressions. Weird. Magical. Painting that cat, I was stroking it.

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  6. Lordy, how FRUSTRATING not to be able to paint when you're all set for it!!!

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    1. Yes, but I kept thinking, maybe starting JD just wasn't what I was supposed to do that day.

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  7. Great sketch and great advice. I can't paint and promise not to sweep the garage.

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    1. Thanks JJ. Sometimes sweeping the garage is a spiritual necessity more than a clean up thing.
      Ellis was probably right. The wire broke because it was just its time to break--and my time to take time out before delving into another project. Go with the flow.

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  8. Este boceto en carbón me parece de gran naturalidad, Quizás ese efecto se consigue con la torsión del cuerpo del modelo, la expresión dinámica de los brazos y las manos. Su mirada que sabido captar un momento fugaz en la vida de este joven. Es grato ver sus avances.
    Un saludo cordial

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    1. Thanks Ruben. I should have stuck with this one instead of going off on an impossible journey with a horrible photograph of my three guys that has gotten me down. But I will prevail. I am a stubborn son-of-a-gun who knows that photographs come out poorly more than on-the-money.

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