Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Coffee Was Still Hot (Revised)

Fifteen Minutes with Diego in the AM; another after lunch, TMDD Series 2015, Graphite; 6 x 8


Diego is second from the last sketch in the third sketch pad--maybe four--filled this past winter. It's my intention to go till the Spring Equinox, tomorrow and that will end my morning sketch sessions.

No special attention to strategic points or their relationships were paid, I scribbled and kneaded till the clock ran out. There was likeness, but not a great one.  I enjoyed letting the pencil go where it wanted as it wanted, the ultimate pleasure of free hand sketching with no particular thought given to joinery.  My coffee was still hot when I walked out the  studio door.  After lunch, I gave it another look and diddled a much closer likeness.  The man was homely, but his bulging eyes warranted another drawing session.

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  1. Definitely recognizable. Congratulations on completing the series!

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    1. Closing up the pad, I found one more sheet for the absolutely last TMDD drawing. Drat! I want to get back into color--back into the studio. I haven't painted in weeks. I haven't wanted to. The drawings kept me connected and satisfied. But this morning, Rivera was more satisfying. I went at him with no regard for what I was doing. Hopefully that signifies that the free and easy me is back from all that uptightness? I am never taking another art class! My success with the grisaille set off a whole winter of retrospection. Not a good thing. Depressing actually.

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  2. I really can feel the expression in his eyes... great job. Without a feeling of the personality, no matter how technically excellent it is - a portrait doesn't work for me. This one does.
    What - no more Venetian constipation? I cant wait to see your new work emerge from the winter's retrospection.

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    1. As long as you have a large box of Ducolax. There's a place for the Venetian though, along with the jester. I am pleased that I know I can do that type of painting if ever the Pope needs some pomp and ceremony portraits or frescos to liven up the place. Picked up my brush yesterday...good painting to us both.

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  3. Have you seen these?
    http://www.vintag.es/2015/03/40-black-and-white-portraits-of-frida.html
    some really lovely photos
    Confess I didn't cotton on who Diego was, but now I know that is a very good likeness.

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    1. I chose references for Frida that were taken before her celebrity and her Mexican fiesta look. I wanted to see the girl before Diego.

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