Monday, February 8, 2010

I'll tell you about my day...how was yours??

One of the things I did today was sit in a Doctor's waiting room for a while (not about me--thank goodness!) I took my sketchbook and was happily sketching away when I heard a murmured "she's drawing you, Ernie." I was afraid to look up in case Ernie was non-plussed by my predilection for life drawing. While in the waiting room I saw a copy of AARP. Opie on the front cover!....Opie! That made me feel ancient. (I am a little ancient..but Opie on the AARP magazine! Come on!)
I went for a walk today also..I met up with a neighbor fellow and his dog (I don't know the guy's name..but his dog's name is Molly)..Here he is asking Molly if she wants a piece of steak when they get home. She told him YES! At the very end of the day I painted a study from a photo reference. I struggled to get the value relationships correct and a lot of her skin looks too red to me. It's pretty much a scraper, which explains why I opted to feature it at the bottom, instead of the top. Well, back to the drawing board! There's always tomorrow!



13 comments:

hwfarber said...

When I'm stuck in the waiting room I want to be sketching, but I'm hesitant. (Believe it or not--in person, I'm shy.) Up until now, I've left my pencils & sketchbook in the car--maybe I'll follow your example. Good work.

Marie Theron said...

Hi Celeste, thanks for visiting! Your figure paintings are beautiful and sensitive, and I am sure drawing people where you go is the reason for this.

About the dog's name that you know but not the owners': There is a park in Durban where all the people know all the dogs' names. I walked with a lady and she would say: Hello Thatcher! Hi Spencer! And where is Dopper today? Then the (nameless) owners would answer and so it went!

-Don said...

Celeste... It's sounds like you had a productive day to me. Maybe when you look at your "scraper" with fresh eyes tomorrow you'll see the makings of a keeper.

Me? I got up early to take my daughter to school and instead ended up treating her topsy-turvy tum-tum. So, she stayed home with me today. I then checked all my blogging sites, painted a while, designed in Photoshop a while, went and picked my son up from school, fixed dinner, painted a while, watched TV with the family a while, sent the kids to bed, painted a while, exercised awhile, and I'm now checking up on my blog friends. When I publish this comment I'll go back to painting a while and then drop into bed and sleep a while... Well, you asked...

-Don

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

woww your work is really gooddddd

AutumnLeaves said...

You made me laugh with your talk of Opie! LOL He has a few years on me, but that guy looks awesome on that cover. I really like your painting of the woman, Celeste. Maybe it is me, but I don't see too much red in the skin tones. There is something so reminiscent of the old masters works in this painting. Maybe a fresh look will save it from the scraper?

Kathy said...

Your waiting room sketches are great! As for Opie .... well, he's younger than I am but to see him on the cover of AARP magazine is depressing. I spent my day painting and agonizing over it. Wish I had a better sense of humor when it comes to process. Like you, I wasn't pleased with my results but will try again today. Thanks for sharing!

Caio Fernandes said...

your "bad " paintings are wonderful to me . i would like to have painted her . i mean , to have painted it .
i remember a woman i used to flert on the park , i never was able to remember her name , but the dog's name was Skipy . hahah!! she had that wonderful smile and great body , always so nice with me , but all the time i would ask her out , i didn't remember the name and got embarassed .
i am bad with names but i always remember faces ;)
my day was fine , but after to see your post it got great .
thank you Celeste .
see you my dear .

Susan Roux said...

Are you really going to scrap her?

It seems to me all that's missing is some of the beautiful warm light usually apparent in your works. Might be worth a try...

Mary Jane said...

Please do not scrap that painting!
My day... yesterday
Worked on a commissioned pencil sketch of a cat on stonehenge in the morning between taking my puppy out for pees as I train her to go outside from a fourth floor apartment.
Small neighbourhood dogs I know by name. Mei Ling, Lola, Charlie, Poppie, Dorothy, Max and more. Afternoon - Took a walk and realized my city is filling up with visitors from around the world because of the Olympics. I realize I am getting excited about it.
Came home and did laundry, walked the dog a few more times and got back to the cat drawing after dinner.
You asked. There it is.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Spent the daylight hours in my cube at the day job.

Once home, a little yoga, dinner, then worked on my new glass series...now that was fun!

I enjoy your sketches. I even have my sketch book with me, especially when hiking on vacations. At the doctor's office I usually bring one of my art books to read.

Eric Bowman said...

How weird I would blog about sketchbook/ life drawing at the same time as you! Interesting note about AARP -- just got my card in the mail yesterday and I'm not even 50 yet!! What's up with that? Ken Auster told me to never ask permission when photographing or sketching -- If you ask first, they usually say "No", but if you just start in and they don't like it, they'll let you know, but you might have captured something by then...

直到遠遠 said...

先告訴自己希望成為什麼樣的人,然後一步一步實踐必要的步驟。........................................

billspaintingmn said...

Hi Celeste! I'm falling behind.
Yesterday was a busy one.
I shoveled (again!) and then shoveled my nieghbors.. blog hopped
left some comments.
Saw your blog, but waited till now to respond.
I took my wife into get her chemo therapy.I Went to the dentist for a cleaning.
Picked up my wife, got home and made supper.
Gilded letters on an oak post that will be going into a church.
I made some hot cocoa and drew doodled because I couldn't sleep.