It seems sometimes that so much of life is filled with errands and maintenance. The summer-like day today propelled me outside to the little house though, so I put off all errands and maintenance. I decided to practice some drawing before I go to my next class in a couple of days. I have never been able to draw people or animals (that would include faces, hands and feet) so I don’t know why I decided to give that a try. Well, maybe. I was thinking about my beautiful sheltie, Jasmin, and thought I’d make a really serious effort to draw her. She passed away at 15 years of age a short time ago. We got her from a rescue group, and she had been so tramatized by whatever she had gone through, that she had lost her hair. It took her awhile to get comfortable with us and then people that came to the house. But she became the most perfect dog. And beautiful, physically and in spirit.
So this picture is NOT finished, and has a long way to go. For clarification, she’s got her feet up by her face which is on a pillow. I’m going to take it to class on Tuesday for some guidance from the teacher. It was a major effort. Art should be fun, but it is also difficult when you’re taking on something really challenging. I’ll definitely post the finished piece when I get there…
My book club is starting an unusual type of story, called a graphic novel.
The title is Persepolis and is a memoir by Marjane Satrapi set during the Islamic Revolution In Iran in 1978-1979. I like stories that give a first hand account of a specific period in history. And the fact that it includes these comic book looking pictures makes me very curious. Another thing I will post about when I have finished it.
So to add a little color to my so far black and white post, I’ve got a couple of water colors I painted in a class I took a while back with another excellent teacher/artist. I have found that to be a rare combination. Most art teachers are good artists, but they don’t know how to teach. It’s a separate skill.
Everyone I showed this to, thought these people were sitting on the edge of a cliff looking at the sky. But in fact they are sitting on the sand looking at the ocean. Painting/drawing is an ongoing process.
This painting I attempted four times and I was still not satisfied. But this fourth try was way better than the first three. I finally decided to leave well enough alone.
Here is a photo of beautiful Jasmin. She gave us so much with just her gentle presence. I think of her always…my Jazzygirl.
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”