I haven’t done these kinds of formal studies since college, drawing shapes for
buildings in the abstract. BTW, USC taught me nothing about drawing.
Ed “Big Daddy” Bowen from Laguna Beach High School drafting classes taught me everything I used daily for fifteen years. This was more fun, less stress.
The hardest one to execute was the negative space — I simply kept losing my ability to see the shape proportions clearly, and almost veered wildly off into another direction.
I enjoyed the graphite “shadows” the most, especially when I added water.
Oddly enough, almost everything I chose to draw for this came from my architectural self. The original Pottery Barn (before it was a chain) white pitcher from the Westwood store, the red teapot I carried all over London and then for two months through Europe,
my hot pepper shakers, and my stainless steel Star candleholders.
I rarely see them all out in one place, these graphic remembrances of my old self.
She’s been integrated with Booby Gurl, Buddha Gurl, Tibetan-Mexican Gurl,
Cowgurl, Monterey Gurl, California Beach Gurl.
I could not resist adding a little line to the color-blocked painting.
Always the rule breaker. Nice it no longer gets me into trouble.
I think these items will have to go on our Turkey-day Table, with the 7-lb hot pepper turkey with blackened pepper corn break stuffing and guacamole.
When it is just-us I can cook for just-us and stay in my pajamas and paint!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
Images in Stillman & Birn Alpha journal with Lyra Water-soluble Graphite crayon,
Daniel Smith and QoR watercolor paints.
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