Apr 222011

I spend time drawing.  I like to draw in restaurants – especially the Muslim noodle shop near my home.

Little boy at Noodle shop looking at my sketchbook

Noodle maker

I also enjoy drawing people sitting at the table while they are doing something else.

Cousin Beverly at Pop Pop’s table(detail)

Cousin Beverly at Pop Pop’s table

These are older pictures – when I look at them I see things I would do differently – things I’ve worked on – like getting hands and head proportionally better.

Hand over Greenland

Then I see where I took the time to develop a life drawing – usually of my hand (free model) and I remember that time is critical for drawing.  Long, transatlantic flights are a great place to attend to detailed drawings.

I know I need to divide my time between fast gesture and gesture like drawing and taking time to develop a drawing with more detail.

Girl in Spicy Restaurant

Bahamian Altarboy

Life is about balance.  I tell myself with each picture – ‘what do I LIKE about this picture?”  I note that feature and then turn the page.

  2 Responses to “Drawing – why”

  1. I'm so very glad that you will have time for detailed drawing very, VERY, very soon! It will be a great joy to see you IRL as you've been missed.

    The sketch books are as wonderful as the quilts. You have so much new work! It is truly a blessing to do what you are called to do AND be good at it.

  2. the sign is in mirror writing – because I was drawing it on the 'wrong side' of the glass window behind the boy. I didn't know any Chinese then, (not that I know much now) but when I flipped the picture on the horizontal in Photoshop – I could decipher it — 盖浇饭凉面 which is gaijiaofan (upper characters) – meaning rice and veggie dish) and liangmian – meaning cooled noodles.

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