Four sheets One Still Life

Four sheets One Still Life

In Joel Janowitz's drawing group we worked for a second week on doing multiple drawings.  I once again set up a still life with tools on the table.  Instead of jumping into using ink right away Joel suggested I block each of the sheets out with pencil.  That was wise because when I did go in with the ink I was able to make decisions about the range of washes I would use to bring together the whole piece.  I ended up loving the fan in this drawing and also the clamp that holds the two pieces of paper together.  More ideas to pursue when working on my own.

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Back in the Studio

Because of the wrist fracture and then our daughter's wedding I had not been in the studio (except for Joel Janowitz's drawing group) in months.  Deciding to go in and work was daunting and I immediately felt myself tightening up.  So I tried my best to repeat a mantra I have heard from so many other artists:  Just create and don't worry about the outcome.

And so I decided to just draw a dustpan and broom and not worry if I liked it or not.  I drew with ink so I could not get fussy or erase.  I listened to bad 80s music and at the end of the day I left feeling eager to return, which was the only goal for my going that day. 

The Casts.

So July 20th I fell and broke my right wrist while we were testing out Brompton Bikes (UK designed and made bikes that fold).   Fortunately I am a lefty.   After surgery I was in a series of casts for 6 weeks.  To keep myself sane I used my casts as a portable canvas had fun designing and drawing on each one.  There was a bit of a learning curve as I did not want to use anything but Sharpies on the fiberglass for fear that I would compromise how breathable it was.  And the fiberglass's texture presented some challenges when it came to my wanting to create something with too much detail.  But by the end I mastered how to transfer a drawing onto the cast and control over using the sharpies to get various effects on the fiberglass.  

Each cast has a Brompton Logo with an additional crashed bike on the bottom.  The accident happened hour 23 of our 24 hour free Brompton trial.   Then there is a tool presenting the healing (breaking, putting back together, removing of metal) along with  wasps and prickles to represent how the cast felt.  The middle cast has the eclipse (drawn with a mirror) because that is the cast I wore when the eclipse occurred which I drew for the kids in the neighborhood who really enjoyed the casts and watching them change as I drew on them.  The final cast has Yorrick's skull sitting  among all of Ophelia’s flowers (each one mentioned in the play is in there) and  a crown with the roman numeral 54 on it because it was my birthday and we went to see Oscar Isaac/Keegan-Michael Keys  in Hamlet at the Public Theater in NYC.  Sadly we saw the last performance and the cast of Hamlet did not do signatures as they were having a cast party.  I tried to get my cast into the cast party but alas the woman guarding the door would have none of it.

 

Jill