Sunday, January 27, 2013

Out of Touch

I've recovered enough to give drawing a try. I chose to copy Dame Ethel Smyth, a charcoal by John Singer Sargent in 1901. I did it in pencil. I did a lousy job--too heavy handed too fast. But it is a step in the right direction, so I'm pleased. I'll have another go at it, later with a clearer head and a graphite stick with better results. The best results I got from this try, was I had the energy to get up and gather my pencil supplies. Over the last three days, I couldn't sit up much less draw. I was out of touch completely. Now, just slightly.

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  1. great drawing....you did a wonderful job with likeness. It is fun to copy Sargent.....love everything about this. Glad you are feeling better!

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    1. Thanks. The drawing is okay considering how upset I am over the length of time it has taken to come out of that fog? Yes, I didn't feel like combing through my own photos for something. Sargent is always good.

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  2. Nice to hear that your recovering from your surgery and are feeling better. Nice drawing too.

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    1. Thanks Roger. It was nice drawing. Made me feel like me.

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  3. Get better soon, Linda. I like the drawing, and think I'd like to try Sergent sometime, too.

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    1. Thanks Casey. JSS is fascinating to copy. Charcoal is the medium. Pencil can't give you the subtle shadings that charcoal does. This drawing and others are in a small paperback book: John Singer Sargent's Charcoal Drawings. I've copied quite a few.

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  5. Beautiful draw!
    Dear Linda,I wish you a better week!

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    1. This week can only be better than last week. These last four days were the pits! Thanks Rita.

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  6. Hi Linda, is nice to see you are feeling better and that you have started painting again. I like this version of a portrait of JSS, but I like even more the "Wildfire" of the previous post. Really beautiful. Take care!

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    1. Thanks Tito. JSS is always a good way to get back into drawing, but Wildfire is a real joy. It's close to finished. Just needs a bit of taming down.

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  7. Brilliant drawing, such confidence is magic!

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    1. Thanks Sharon, I do feel in control with a pencil or charcoal in my hand. This was a tricky head--the angle, her mouth. I was at a disadvantage. I neglected to put my eraser templates, important drawing tools, in my pencil chest. I'll have to round those up. On the bright side, I did it.

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  8. SO many of us are down and out with something or other right now. I hope you are feeling feisty as ever SOON!!!

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    1. I know, it's unbelievable. The Spray bottle/NeilMed Sinus Rinse routine works along with Flonase and a Nasogel swab to keep the sinus membranes clean and moist. You can do it twice a day said my sinus doc. I also think I'm adding our humidifier to our bedroom. The mornings are the worst with dry nose and sinus headache. It takes me an hour or so to feel human. I do wish I had a steam shower. --Maybe I'll get one of those steamers I used to have for giving myself a facial when I was caught up in all that chicky stuff?

      I went to physical therapy today. Pushed myself out the door into fog and icy slush to see if I was just suffering from being in the house so long. I feel better. My knee is great--but the truth will be told when I can walk on uneven terrain down to the lake this summer and ride my bike around our hilly neighborhood. Sometimes I think, all my complaining is just me rebelling against my aging body parts and totally not accepting what happens to them. I've never been one that goes easily with the flow. :-))

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