Vintage Woman

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For the love of square paper

Ever since I found this watercolor pad at the odious Hobby Lobby store I’ve been in love. This pad is 140 lbs. And only 6” square, which motivates me to actually finish my drawings. When I was a teen, I always wanted to do album covers for the music business. Well, now that there is neither any such thing as a music business nor album art, this pad which is slightly larger than CD jewel box, lets me at least pretend that I have fulfilled my dream. All of the homages I’ve done, some of which are seen on my Big Brown Sketchbook blog, have been done using this pad. Strathmore has some square format watercolor pads that are larger, 10” square. A that size is more taxing on my attention span. I’m going to search around to see if there’s a 6” size from them. And did I mention that size is scannable?

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Tulips: 2011. 35 years separate these two drawings. The one on the left I created at age 15 in 1976. The one on the right I recreated this Friday morning using my new Mungyo oil pastels (blue box). I realized I’ve always liked the composition, plus the colors are fun and remind me of a Moroccan lantern set I saw at Pier 1 Imports recently, even though I came up with the idea 3 decades ago. I think I will see if someone else thinks so. I’ll remove the masking tape and sign it. But now, to bed.

Tulips: 2011. 35 years separate these two drawings. The one on the left I created at age 15 in 1976. The one on the right I recreated this Friday morning using my new Mungyo oil pastels (blue box). I realized I’ve always liked the composition, plus the colors are fun and remind me of a Moroccan lantern set I saw at Pier 1 Imports recently, even though I came up with the idea 3 decades ago. I think I will see if someone else thinks so. I’ll remove the masking tape and sign it. But now, to bed.

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This was one of only a few attempts to do portraiture with chalk pastels. I found them extremely messy, got all over my hands, fingers, and floor/rug/whatever I was working on. Plus, getting a true likeness, the way I like to do it, was a fail. So, not a favorite medium. But, I wouldn’t have found out I hated it if I hadn’t tried working with it. Oil pastels are much neater.

This was one of only a few attempts to do portraiture with chalk pastels. I found them extremely messy, got all over my hands, fingers, and floor/rug/whatever I was working on. Plus, getting a true likeness, the way I like to do it, was a fail. So, not a favorite medium. But, I wouldn’t have found out I hated it if I hadn’t tried working with it. Oil pastels are much neater.

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