The whole shebang

I posted the teaser earlier.  Here is the whole drawing I made after Paul Cezanne’s “Still life with Apples and Peaches” from the National Gallery of Art.  I made this copy from a reproduction in a book, though I have also made drawings (numerous times) in front of the actual painting.

It took me all day of drawing off and on to make all these lines.  But what a wonderful way to spend the day!  This was my trip to Aix en Provence, my chance to hang out with Cezanne yet again.

He’s my dear old pal.

A lot of little lines

I spent so much time on one drawing (of which this is a detail) that I can be forgiven if I love looking at it.  I cross hatched until I thought my hand would fall off.  And still I didn’t stop.

It’s a good thing I just stocked up on ball point pens — or else I’d be running out of ink.

I was copying Cezanne’s “Still life with Apples and Peaches” from the National Gallery of Art, and though I’ve drawn it many times in front of the actual painting I made this copy from a reproduction in a book.

The detail of the painting above corresponds roughly to the section of my drawing featured in this post.

Blue in blue

There’s a traditional kind of drawing called “trois couleurs” where you use three colors of reddish, white and brown chalks to simulate skin tones and create dimensional figures.  I’ve been so enthrall to my blue ball point pen lately that I began wondering what it would be like to do “trois coleurs en bleu” using different kinds of pens.  So I bought several different brands of pens and have begun trying them out in different ways.

Naturally I have to do some koi using these blue pens.  These are test koi.  They’re floating in a pocket notebook and the darks hatched around them give me much practice making parallel lines.

It’s rather therapeutic and calming, let me assure you.

Going round the ellipse

Today’s morning coffee drawing features a rice bowl with dense interior and exterior patterns that I begin learning in a shadowy way.  I draw these things directly.  Typically my ellipses tend to stretch out into strange shapes.  They respond to the pull of powerful space-time warps.  Lots of art books will show you how to draw ellipses in perspective.  But I like to draw a thing as I perceive it.  (I did correct the one above somewhat.)  For whatever reason my mind perceives the left and right sides of the bowl’s shape in different sizes, locations, proportions, so to some extent I let myself follow these whimsies.  It prompts my curiosity.

Sometime I will eschew all embarrassment and just go down the entire path of the space-time warp and see where it leads.  But today for convention’s sake I reined myself in and corrected the ellipse.

But I didn’t use the book method.  I made myself see it like this, so much more neat and regular.