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February 27, 2009

New Journal Pages

I am still inspired by the India photos from my friend Bunny's recent trip to India.  This is a photo from the bus of 3 men sitting on a bench in Jaipur, in front of an open side building.


Today I had 5 minutes to sketch between my haircut and picking up our grandson at Nursery School.  I sat on the base of a wall, in the sun, and sketched a turret on the Southwestern corner of the Natural History Museum - using pen with a watercolor wash.  It is really fast and really, really loose.




February 24, 2009

Miscellaneous Watercolor Journal Pages

I sometimes feel as if I have sketched everything in this apartment at one time or another.  After a full day at work, when too tired to look further, I sketched a few items from the drawer that I use, right next to my end of the couch in our library. 


My daughter bought an amazing light fixture for her children's playroom several years ago and it is a constant challenge for me to draw one of the objects suspended from the structure.  I was with two of my grandchildren last week when I decided to try to sketch the biplane yet another time.  I am looking up at the plane and can never convince myself that I can tell which wing is on top and which is on the bottom. 


We had a full day of family activities last Saturday.  In the morning we had a brunch to celebrate our youngest grandchild's first birthday - several weeks early because none of us would be in DC on her actual birthday.  In the evening,  my husband and I and our 3 children and their spousese took my mother out for dinner in Manhattan for her 90th birthday.  In the afternoon, while the youngest children took naps, 4 year old Sydney spent two hours on an art project and while she was busy painting and decorating little jewelry boxes, I sketched her supplies.


She had glitter glue (the tube on the far left) and used her finger to add it to my journal page.  All of those dirty little dots are really sparkling!

 I'm constantly torn between practicing some art skills and keeping a visual journal.  So far I've divided my daily sketchbook pages between the two, but it is a constant mental struggle. 


February 19, 2009

Another Face and a Few Figures

One of my goals for 2009 is to continue to sketch/paint at least one face and figure each week.  I was delighted when my friend shared all of her photos from a recent trip to India and I'm having a wonderful using them for inspiration.  I think this might be a snake charmer - at Amber Fort - but there is no photo of a basket and snake.


This is one of several camel carts in a procession in Jaipur on the road to Ranthambore.   The photo was taken from a bus window as they passed.  I'm not sure that I have sketched a camel before and couldn't wait until I found a photo taken at just the right angle.  This was painted across two pages.


As always, thank you Bunny for your wonderful collection of photos.  The wonderful animal photos from the National Park can even be another series of practice drawings.

February 16, 2009

EDM Challenge # 211: In the Style of Seurat

I fell in love with Seurat drawings during the MoMA special exhibit in 2007 and learned that there was a local source for the Michallet paper that he used.

Arches MBM Ingres (Michallet):  Originally designed by the mill for the artist Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, this type of paper set the standard for charcoal and pastel drawing and has been duplicated by many other mills around the world.  The letters MBM refer to the owners Morel, Bercious, and Masure who introduced the first mouldmade machines in 1883 (Info from NY Central Art Supply website).

Last year I bought a sheet at New York Central Art Supply and copied 3 Seurat drawings to try to learn the technique.  Then I used a photo of my son-in-law and two grandchildren to draw "in the style of Seurat" using a Derwent Ivory Black drawing pencil to try to develop the method for myself.  Today I used a photo of my 2 year old grandson with his elephant that we took Saturday to do Challenge #211.



February 13, 2009

EDM Challenge #210: Draw Underwear


During the Medieval period, women wore only long shifts (chemises) under their clothes. Pantaloons and pantalettes were worn under dresses, especially in France, by young girls, but it wasn’t until the 1830s that women regularly wore bloomers with tight ankles and two legs attached at the waist with a draw string.

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, bloomers were shortened as skirt lengths rose and by the 1920s women were wearing short panties with wide legs, called step-ins or boy shorts. They were still commonly made of two legs which were attached at the waist.

During the 1930s and 1940s, women wore girdles and then by the 1950s panties as we know them.  From the mid-20th Century to the 1990s, granny pants became hipsters, then bikinis, then thongs.

The transition from bikinis to thongs, especially worn with cropped shirts and low waisted jeans, has resulted in more visible thong underwear and bare skin among my women medical students than I care to see. My kids call this sighting a "whale tail." What will the next fashion trend bring?

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