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May 7, 2009

Every Day in May - 7

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I had a very quiet day at home today, so I did "figure drawing practice" for my daily drawing.  It has been weeks since I painted from one of my friend Bunny's India travel photos, and I was attracted to the quiet pose of this seated woman.

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March 25, 2009

More Paintings from India Photos

I'm still enjoying my friend Bunny's photos from her recent trip to India and using them for inspiration for my figure drawing practice at least weekly.  Here are 3 more paintings.  In the first one, it appears as if this young boy was posing for a single photo.  The second one appears to be a market.  The vendor has two children playing on the ground next to her.  The 3rd is one figure from a group photo.  I was very drawn to this image as I was in the middle of rereading Khalid Hosseini's second book A Thousand Splendid Suns and the two women in the story were in burqas whenever they left their home.  Although this is not a classic burqa, I was drawn to this figure walking along the street and just had to draw and paint her image.  Next week - mujahideen and women in blue burqas from Afghani photos I'm collecting from the web.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 11, 2009

Face and Figures - This Week's Practice

I'm still thoroughly enjoying my dear friend Bunny's photos from Jaipur India and this week sketched one face and 3 figures.  The man was photographed at Samode Palace, now a luxury hotel. 

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 The women were working at the Amber Fort carrying pieces of rocks from place to place on their heads. 

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