I haven't been drawing for myself for a few days (no excuses) but feel bad I didn't post. I will return tonight or tomorrow.
In the meantime because of the freezing weather we're feeling this week (-31C in the wind) I dug out some sketches I did while on a trip to the islands of Antigua & Monserrat in '96.
Enjoy the warmth!
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Friday, January 9, 2015
It's -11C outside, -21C if you factor in the brisk wind, so that would make it a perfect day to go out and sketch - if you live in Inuvik. But considering I once use to do exactly that when I worked in Povunituk, today wasn't so bad after all....until I got out there.
For sketch 3 I decided to clip the sketch book to a piece of foam core, grab my pencil and go sketch the Speed River that flows through Guelph. I've posed what I got done before my fingers went numb. Strangely it wasn't my drawing hand but the hand holding the board. Freezing fingers or not, it was a great experience and makes me appreciate all the artist who brave the cold to capture that singular winter beauty.
On the way to the river I sketched this Pizza delivery man having a quick cold smoke before he headed off on a delivery. It was only a moment but made me wonder why a smoke could be so important to freeze your butt off. And then I went drawing. Addictions are addictions. Nothing more can be said.
First sketch today are the bird feeders outside my door. Perhaps should be really titled Ginko in snow since I'm fascinated by the patters of the tree. But then there's the patterns in the snow. So it's just a lot of what I find outside my door today. nothing more.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Tonight it's not the prettiest feet or the finest modeling, but they are mine and as I said, too often overlooked.
However since he reminds me so much of the beautiful statue that sits in a park in St. John's NFL dedicated to the young girl who lost her life in a boat tragedy, he gets to stick around.
apologies for the terrible colour.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Last drawing of the day. Almost didn't but found our dog happily snoozing on my side of the bed. 'Had to be the final sketch of the day. Ah, a dog's life! Make good subjects too.
The picture, I should add, is somewhat unfinished. Just as I stopped the cat hopped up on the bed and curled up nose to nose with the dog. I guess I could have added him too, but that can wait for another day. I'm sure it will be repeated.
I purposely drew this skull vertically. When I moved it around in my hands I was struck how much it looked like an alien bug. Perhaps for my last drawing of the day I'll explore this.
Two done, (at least) one to go.
This is my first. Early morning wobbly finger sketch of my back entrance from the top of the stairs. It also responds to my desire to draw the view through the windows of my house. Not great but a start.
|'Die Gedanken Sind Frei'|
It's the 7th day of January 2015 and news out of Paris is that the offices of a satirical magazine were attacked by gunmen with the result of 12 dead and many injured. Many of the dead were artists, or cartoonists as some would know them (unfortunately this always carries a connotation of being a lesser artist). Whether or not I would agree with their work, they had the right to say it, to express their thoughts. Sadly there are many who would not agree and use violence to make their point.
This image was done many years ago when I was doing lithographs. Drawn onto stone and pulled in a small edition it was a self portrait of sorts entitled the thoughts are free: 'Die Gedanken Sind Frei." A protest song with roots in the middle ages that I learned as a child from my mother.
Sadly I question how long, given the advances in technology and the radicalization of the world, that that will remain true.
One can only hope.
more on the song: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Gedanken_sind_frei
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Regardless, it was fun way to spend a few minutes with the pencil.