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Friday, March 20, 2015

The End of Graphite

Where Did My Guy Go?, Graphite; 6 x 8", TMDD Series Finale
This gal was the wife, or the significant other, of the guy who looked like a young James Spader.
Her guy who was always missing.
When she was on her lounge, he was off somewhere else.  When he was on his lounge, she was off somewhere. They were never on their chairs together.  Maybe there had been a quarrel?  Maybe they just marched to a different drummer on vacation?  And which drummer would that be? 

I do love making up stories about the strangers I photograph and then sketch for the.look they have on their faces that telltale something is up. Catching the expression of the moment keeps
me interested during the drawing process.

Of all the drawings I did between October thirty first and today, the period we were off Daylight Savings Time,   I can think of only three I might possibly paint:

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Aiden, full figure Peter Pan


Beethoven on The Beach I see pastels, pinks, pale yellows...


.Lady in The Hat, deepest blue, with yellow orange, lots of white
The last one really appeals to me.  I see it nearly life-sized with lots of distortion in the  print of her pareo; it's in a deep black/blue and yellow oranges.  I have a five foot canvas just waiting.  But my niece is waiting too.  I did manage to pick up a brush for an hour yesterday to work on her. I considered that a big accomplishment after a winter confined to graphite. Today marks the end of  that confinement.




 

22 comments:

  1. These all are pretty darn good - most people never get this accomplished so kudos to you for the dedication you put into your drawing series.
    As a lover of color I am looking forward to seeing the authority of your drawings coming through with your brush.

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    1. Wow! You embarrass me with such praise. Thank you Julie. Drawing came naturally, all I needed to do was to do it often. Painting is another story. I lack the patience oils demand. The Venetian did help with that. Now, to work it together with Gestural.

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  2. Beautiful artistic path where the energy of your work has come forward with great expression.
    I have enjoyed every day here and on FB to admire your performance mind-hand and it was a beautiful moment of my days. What writes today Linda ... what she draws ...
    Linda always strong, always looking for better, Linda even an"incentive" to do more and to do better, for me,that I follow you, dear friend, so faraway.

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    1. You are very sweet Rita, thank you. It is a shame we're so far away from one another. We have so much in common--plus I could use some of your color smarts and patience to rub off.

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  3. Wonderful sketch, Linda! She does look like she is trying to find someone or something. I do that with people too - make up an entire story about them. Your potential paintings are great. My choice would be the dreamer, listening to Beethoven.
    Kathryn

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    1. Yes, I like that one too. It's dreamy. I don't know if dreamy would suit my too often heavy hand? Same with Aiden. The woman with the hat feels like a good place to start. Thanks Kathryn. Now for the hard part.

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  4. Anticipating fabulous master works!

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    1. AND YOU SHALL HAVE THEM! Did you read about the 100 year old woman who just had her first one man show. See, there's time.

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  5. looking forward to the next painting...I know you will do an outstanding job of that lady tying up her pareo. It is always fun to see your sketches.

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  6. Me too. :-)) I love sketching--forgot how much. And, after so many months, it has become a morning ritual. While I perked about painting approaches, subject matter and the likes, sketching kept me honing skills and in touch.

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  7. A winter of graphite contentment - and a fabulous series of sketches. Your work is very accomplished, Linda - you should be bursting with pride! I am excited to see what your paintbrush yields and agree with Sharon - I am anticipating fabulous masterworks!

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    1. I can feel the pressure. Pressure turns me off. What will be will be. But thank you Susan. You can draw too. I think I'll take a closer look at Degas.

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  8. What a wonderful job on all of these Linda...but something about the first one that I LOVE!!! I think its the sun in her eyes... I feel myself squinting as well.. excellent work!

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    1. thanks Hilda. I wasn't sure I could suggest that--it took just the right dashes and smudges accurately placed. Luckily my hand was steady at the helm. Not always the way of it. Shorter sessions are less stressful for some odd reason. Maybe the more time, the more intense?

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  9. You made something memorable out of the long winter. Congratulations!

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    1. The winter was productive in a very pleasant way. No pressure. Just a pencil and a knead--like the old days. The bonus was increased drawing skill and a keener eye. Thank you--thank me. The hiatus was beneficial.

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  10. Love all these drawings Linda! They certainly stand alone as great works of art! Nice! Take care buddy!
    Michael

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    1. You too Michael. I do hope there is nothing covering your lawn upon which to write 'Spring'. I think we've had enough snow angels for this year. Thanks for your kind words as always.

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  11. I love that you make up stories about your subjects:-) That first girl really has an exceptional pose and profile! I can totally envision the last one in the colors you described... keep us posted!

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    1. As if looks would have anything to do with reality. It's just fun imagining. It's the stuff that books come from -- or paintings.

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  12. These are all wonderful drawrings Linda. I really enjoy looking at such great work.

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    1. Thanks Helene. I have been enjoying my morning sessions with just a pencil and a knead, no mess, no bother, direct and straight forward.

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