Carol A. More
Charcoal, watercolor, pastels on sized Stonehenge paper
8″ x 6″
All good things must end…..
I was so sad to receive news that my drawing teacher, Paul, would be taking a few months off to prepare for two important shows this fall. Yes, I pouted and yes, I selfishly expressed my opinions of his leaving me in the midst of the most fun I’ve had in ages. A key tenet in yoga is impermanence – nothing stays the same. I advise my students, “…if you’re sad, just wait and if you’re happy…wait”. Driving home, excited to post my ‘pear’, I promised myself I’d practice 2 hours (at the same time I would have taken my drawing lessons). I’ll keep you posted on how that goes. I try to practice drawing something a few times a week with just graphite and eraser – portable and I have even drawn a (yes, just one, let’s keep things simple!) weed on the side of the French Broad River and loved every minute plein aire! I’m thinking of drawing more than just fruit – how’s that for a lofty goal? Working on a flower (ha!) now. Although, I do love drawing things that hold still, don’t rot or change colors. I also am a pretty crafty photographer with a cheesy point-and-shoot camera and oftentimes take a photo of something that made me laugh and this ranks right up there. Check out this one rubber slip-on I found today in a mall parking lot. Maybe a future drawing subject with a story of how it got there?
Sassy pear with a ‘tude or what I saw
This little pear was drawn with charcoal, then watercolors to define the shadows only and then pastels over the watercolors. I had such a wonderful time working with materials I have never tried before. Paul also drew and painted the same pear(s) while I struggled, but it wasn’t a struggle at all. I felt like I was flying, freer than I have ever felt before. Paul’s were of course, very realistic but I wanted more of an ‘acid’ quality to mine. A sassy pear with a ‘tude. True to Paul’s kind and supportive teaching style, his comment when I stood my ground was …”of
course, most fruit colors are realistically ‘acid’ colors to the human eye.” This pic below was taken a week after I drew and painted the watercolor shadows. This week, I added the pastel colors. They had been sitting in a warm studio for a week, so the colors became more interesting.
Wishing you all a lovely CREATIVE week and thank you for your comments and support. You truly are the wind beneath my wings (sorry for the cliche, but…it fits doesn’t it?)