What a joy this mornings portrait session was! Jeff was a perfectly composed model and somehow he neglected to bring his parrot, his dog and his pony to the studio! He, did, however, insist on wearing his heavy tortoise shell glasses - but no matter. Although I could not see his eyes and this session was so well attended that there was no hope of moving my easel, I feel that today was a success. I allowed my mind to fill with thoughts of Jeff and how they might translate into marks made upon the paper.
|Jeff / graphite on cream paper / 24 x 18|
|Jeff / graphite and white charcoal on tan paper / 14 x 11|
In a week filled with family dramas, I found time to dash off a quick portrait study on cardboard and to begin Ballerina painting # 31. Its been a while since a ballerina called to me and I was most definitely caught by surprise!
|James McNeill Whistler study / oil on cardboard / 12.5 x 12|
I love this concept of her and can't wait to work on it again - however, tomorrow I am flying to Los Angeles to attend to some family matters so she will have to stay in her unfinished state a while longer.
To keep myself grounded and occupied in quiet moments, I purchased a used copy of Ray McMullens definitive biography (written in 1984) of Edgar Degas to read and absorb - Degas: His Life, Times and Work.
|Ballerina 31 start / oil on linen / 24 x 18|
I would also like to take a moment to thank
everyone that follows my blog, reads my thoughts and comments on my artistic endeavors. I value each person that takes a peak and each person that responds. You all leave deep impressions on my heart and I am so grateful to you all.