crepe myrtles are the best

crepe myrtles jan18

Ta dah!  Well, here’s an early swipe at a crepe myrtles painting measuring 40 x 30 inches.  I love everything about crepe myrtles — love the flowers, love painting them, love the season when they bloom while cicadas are singing.  And I am loving using acrylic paint in transparent veils of color — somewhat watercolorish looking in character, though very different from watercolor in the painting of it.

thrill of the lines

It will sound strange.  But that thrill is why one draws.  I was looking at the crystal creamer and finding myself thoroughly confused.  What with its complicated transparencies and my bi-focal befuddlements, I couldn’t tell what was where.  My drawing makes it seem simple when the real object and the real sensation is utterly mind boggling.  The crystal creamer is a labyrinth of lozenges and fond patterns.

Perhaps in other drawings I can get at the confusions and portray them.  For now I want to hold fast to the thrill of making this drawing — this drawing that I made just five minutes ago –because the ball point pen’s delicacy makes these lines, as you draw them, feel like glass.  How the medium and the object seem well suited!

I cannot say enough good things about this pen, this common dime store pen.