Quick Studies

W14 LS GRAPHITE STAR CANDLE 1I 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.

W14 LS Red Teapot Studies 6

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!

W14 LS MH White Pitcher 1

Images in Stillman & Birn Alpha journal with Lyra Water-soluble Graphite crayon,
Daniel Smith and QoR watercolor paints.


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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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7 Responses to Quick Studies

  1. Wonderful works! I love the black and white teapot!


  2. happytiler says:

    Lovely work Kate!

    Hugs Giggles


  3. Dan Antion says:

    This post made me smile. Our daughter attended art school and we still have a couple of studies in our basement (she is urging us to toss them). Thanks for including the explanations along with the photos, I really enjoy understanding the process behind things as well as the final products. Thanks, too, for following my blog. I’m signing up here as I post this comment.


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