When I walk around the easel and look at the still life from the other side, it looks like this. I think this is such a pretty view. Sometimes it’s hard not to jump at doing this view right now. But I have to finish the other one first.
And, you never know. The fish might start to beckon again.
Fish? Flowers? Fish? Flowers? It’s tough!
I tried to post this yesterday and wordpress wouldn’t let me (bit of a snafu). And today I have tried a couple times to load some new photos to my computer and my Kodak Easy Share ain’t sharing. This is what happens when technology rebells.
Anyway, this drawing is 30 x 48 inches so it gives me plenty to do. I have some photographs of the still life, too, taken from different angles — helps me get ideas for other versions of the same motif. Degas counseled the artist to “redo the same thing ten times, a hundred times,” and he thought you should look at the same motif from different angles. Since I’m working in a pastel-like medium, his advice comes readily to mind.
This drawing is made with Caran d’ache water soluable crayons on Canson paper. I’ve got a lot of quickly and vigorously drawn green lines down there at the bottom. But I’m trying to work them into a dense Degas hatching mix. More on that later.
If I can get my computer to cooperate! (Never let a PC see you sweat.)