Sunday, January 21, 2018

Day 111 "Sunny Patch" pen&ink 5 x 9

When drawing this patch of flowers, I concentrated on a few distinctive shapes, then used the rest of the space to construct foreground and background within the patch, using the group of flowers as reference for basic shapes.  I like the combination of sunflowers, black-eyed susans, and another type of smaller daisy-like flowers within the one patch, all yellow.  I  could spend more time adding more and more detail and depth.  The drawing becomes a sort of doodle, where the lines and shapes I add are in keeping with the feeling of the flower patch, but I add them where they work best.  This is the same idea I use when drawing the brownstones on Newbury Street in Boston.  The buildings are initially drawn from life, then I add the architectural detail around windows and doorway referring to here at this link.  
 This is my hundred eleventh daily drawing.  Thank you for your continued interest. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Day 110 "Hot Chocolate" 6 x 9 mixed


We took a little walk today, felt like spring after weeks of gray and cold... stopped for coffee at Lucky Finn Cafe in Scituate Harbor.  The lovely and spare building serves coffee drinks and light sandwiches with a sweet view of the harbor.  The building used to house the Quarterdeck gift shop, which we frequented for its eclectic gifts, jewelry, photos and antiques.  We stayed briefly today, but I did a quick sketch of a mom and her I'm-guessing 3-year old.  The were enthralled with each other and enjoyed hot chocolate for a few minutes before continuing their walk.  
This is my hundred tenth daily drawing, a little grayer than I intended, but a sweet visit nonetheless.   As always, thanks for looking at my work.  I am enjoying the time drawing each day.  

Day 109 "Rive Gauche" mixed 7 x 9


A few years ago, we visited Paris on a school trip.  I fell in love with the city.  It is sparkling and elegant.  The buildings have sweet details, stories above the street.  Their profiles are lovely and beg the viewer to sit, have cafe, and observe.  The last night we were there with our group, we spent some time wandering the streets of the left bank, sat at an outdoor cafe and ate.  I can stumble my way through some rudimentary, decades-old French.  Our waitress addressed me and I bumbled along with her encouragement, succeeding in getting everything we wanted, including some escargot. I used pen and ink to lay out this drawing, then some watercolor pencils and some pastel pencils.  The pastel pencils were my mothers, and have beautifully chiselled points, by her hand.  It is very nice to hold them, knowing she did, too.  I remember seeing a Charles Woodbury drawing show at the MIT Museum with her years ago.  Mom pointed out the variety in his pencil marks, and told me they were the result of how he chiseled his pencil points.  
Here's an example of Woodbury's drawing with distinctive points on his pencil.
Thanks for looking at my 109th daily drawing.  I appreciate your attention and comments.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Day 108 "Amsterdam Rooftops" 6 x 9 pen&ink

A number of years ago we spent some time in Amsterdam, including a river cruise.  The Basilica of St. Nicholas dominates the skyline beautifully.  I remember as we cruised the river, the spires continued their quiet and elegant supervision of the busy harbor, river, and city.  I look forward to exploring more of my photos from that trip.  Most of my drawing time for daily drawings is in the evening after dark after my work day.  As the days lengthen, I look forward to more than just weekend time for drawing during the day.
Thank you for looking, as always.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Day 107 "Barber Chair" ink and pencil 6 x 9

I am enjoying perusing my photo archives on these winter nights.  Today's drawing is from a shot I took of my daughter's converse-laden feet while she was getting her hair cut one day.  I loved those worn teal high-topped shoes; whimsical, goofy, smart.  This is my 107th daily drawing. Thank you for your continued attention.  And, as always, I love your comments.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Day 106 "Catnap" pen&ink 2 x 4

Our cats, Fred and Maggie, are sweet and personable.  They love their people, and follow us room to room, looking for a lap or for each other.  Here's a quick contour sketch of the two of them snuggled up.  Any time we have an empty box, we put it on the floor for a day or two for them to investigate and take turns "owning" .  This is my 106th daily drawing.  Thank you for taking the time to look. 

Day 105 "10,000 Maniacs" mixed 4 x 12



A few nights ago my sister-in-law and I went to see 10,000 Maniacs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport.  What a beautiful space.  The concert was wonderful, dynamic, exciting.  They played a lot of songs I recognized and a few covers that were terrific, such as "Just Like Heaven" from The Cure, which is one of my favorite songs.  
 We had great seats.  Here's a quick sketch of the five band members I could see... there was a backup singer/violin player in the back, but I had no view of her.  
This is drawing 105 in my daily drawing journey.  AS always, thank you for looking.