Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sketching Makes Anything Better

Uncomfortable situation one: Catholic Mass on a Saturday afternoon; had to be there to hear the hubby and his quartet sing.
Uncomfortable situation two: Front row - enough said.
How to deal with this dilemma?  Draw.
Now I create uncomfortable number three:  I usually draw in pen with watercolor for shadows/finish work, a little cumbersome considering #2, so I grab a nub of a water-soluble graphite from the bottom of my bag and proceed to draw the Mary statue above the alter, on the paper they so nicely gave me on my way in.  Small pencil, same paper we all are holding, perfect.
With the strong light and my close angle her face is all deep shadows and I loved that she looked a bit creepy.
Perfect remedy to #1 on the list.

1 comment:

  1. Nice background story to how this piece came about. I love the juxtaposition of the text/music and how nicely you rendered the statue.

    Here's an artist who intentionally paints on books - Ekaterina Panikanova. I think it's amazing that she doesn't bind down the pages of these book-canvases and instead lets them assume an open book stance.