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Sunday, February 8, 2015

What The ...?

What The...?; graphite, 6" x 8" TMDD Series

That's what I would be thinking if I had this expression on my face.  I have no idea what this gal was thinking, but What the hell wins the title. It's my drawing--and the second drawing of this gal and the first drawing in the third sketchbook of this low light winter season.   She captured my attention and held it.--just as the gal blowing in the wind and a couple of others I brought home on my memory card.

This was a challenging morning.  I came away thinking, if I ever got serious with this subject, I'd have to blow up body parts and take a closer look--particularly at those hands.  She had large hands, strong hands, man hands. They made me curious as to where she came from and what she did.  As I drew her, I also kept thinking about how many times Van Gogh copied Millet's Diggers before he was satisfied.  A few klunkers are in the books--and I image a more than a few went into the trash. I was probably thinking this pose needs another pass?

Sketching is for finding out, mostly through error and erasures, strategic points and measurements that make a subject, that subject. When the subject gets to the canvas, draw-in goes fast.  All the points are known.
If you look closely, you can see my analytical measurement lines on this drawing.



  1. What a fantastic selection, Linda, you've really hit a rich vein at the moment. It's just as interesting following your though process. Many thanks

  2. In reply to your question:
    “So you are fascinated by guys with beards who wear turbins and do very well by them in paint. What's really your thoughts on the Afgans that pointed you in the direction of this subject matter?”

    Wow Linda … how long have you got?

    At the first level they make ideal subjects for me to use in learning how to paint, folded cloth, beards and darker skin tones.

    Secondly, I am a fan of Winston Churchill who, in 1896 was leading cavalry charges against the Afghans, and later wrote The Story of the Malakand Field Force. If you want understand Afghanistan read this book. General Stanley A. McChrystal, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan has it on his iPod and listens to it when he’s jogging. Think of the Afghans as Native Americans: tribal and who have always fought against outsiders. When they’re not fighting the Brits, Russians or Americans … they fight each other.

    I spent a lot of time in Afghanistan and am trying to get my novel, set there, published.

    My son-in-law is an Arab. My son works in Qatar. My niece lives in Dubai. I shall be in both places in March.

    I could go on and on … but you’ve got the gist of why I’m painting such subjects at the moment.

    I have painted more Japanese that Arabs … and can blame my Japanese daughter-in-law for that.

    Bet you’re sorry you asked now :0))

  3. I am not sorry I asked; I thought there was more to your choice of subjects than fabric, hair and skin tones. Your family is a United Nations. your life experiences explains your art. Viewers like to know.

  4. Wonderful drawings Linda! The first one...what the definitely a winner.