Drawing and redrawing this duo, I have a bird on my brain — and a frog teapot. I no longer know if I am making studies for the painting, or if I’m just obsessed with the motif. Degas had advised artists to redraw the same thing ten times, a hundred times. He also said that you should draw things from different angles — and he was true to his word as his drawing of the circus performer Miss La La of the Cirque Fernando amply demonstrates. (She is seen from below, hanging from a trapeze by her mouth.)
I had to find something that mesmerizes me sufficiently before I began drawing the same things from lots of different angles. Who would have guessed that it’d be a blue jay figurine and a frog teapot.