Monday, February 16, 2015

Measurement Lines and Eye Lifts

Maggie in progress

If I hadn't gotten up at 6:15, another day would have past where I didn't get any work done on Dame Maggie Smith.  But I did.  It was Monday. I wanted to get my computer into the shop when it opened at ten.

Maggie needed an eye lift--and from what it looks like here, I'm not finished yet.   Measurement lines are very important to getting a decent drawing. I keep putting them in as I notice strategic points.  Today, I noticed her left eye was too low and had just brought it up where it should be when my Sun Torch light went off signalling time's up. Too bad. I was really getting into it, but my computer needed serious attention.

The rest of the morning and part of the afternoon were spent with the Geek Squad, who got it all wrong, and  with Dell arranging for the repair of my LCD--the monitor screen of my laptop--and then getting some sort of picture program going on this laptop.  While I don't like how this program works,  I'm not complaining. I do have a stand in computer while my touch screen is in the shop and I'm sitting in a heated house.  All is well at Roth's Roost.  I wish that were true in the rest of the world.

[If any of you ever have a Dell hardware problem, I have the phone numbers to call--but be prepared to sit on hold.  Dell would much rather you went online for service. They keep telling you that over and over and over again as you hold because you don't have a computer that turns on! l.roth2@comcast.net]    

8 comments:

  1. Terrific drawing! I do miss your painting though, it sucks when life takes over all your time. Good luck with computer fixing.

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    1. She's fun. I can hear her voice in my head while I work her out. Given my new work method, painting posts will come as I get to some reasonable degree of finish. Though I planned on painting this weekend, I never got there. I didn't get there today either. I didn't finish with computers till nearly four o'clock. I was exhausted. Tomorrow looks good. --The watercolors made me want to try my hand again. I'll see what happens with that.

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  2. Wonderful portrait! I recognized her immediately. And your self portrait banner is stunning!
    Happy Painting.

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    1. You too Nora. I enjoyed looking at your work today. Thank you for visiting.

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  3. Maggie is progressing so beautifully, Linda. Its definitely her!!

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    1. Thanks Hilda. I am enjoying her. Drawing older people is a challenge. The sag that age brings with it makes their faces so much more interesting than a kid's. They'd got character that can be seen and wondered about. Children, with all their rosiness, have potential, but don't mirror a life lived. They're just starting out.

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  4. There is a great likeness and this is coming along beautifully. I noticed a likeness with bette Davis too which I never thought of before, but actually they do have similar eyes.

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    1. Me too! Especially her eyes. It's the nose/mouth area that separates them. Maybe Davis next? --Although, there's only three more weeks till we go on daylight savings time and spring forward the clock. You say, what has this to do with drawing? That's when I put my Sun Torch away. Drawing this long, dark winter days has been very pleasurable while sitting for a half hour in front of that beacon, which really does keep you from getting the winter blues. I looked up exactly when I painted those blue flowers. It was January 1st of last year. Maybe that's the explanation for their grim colors?

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