Monday, March 16, 2009

Oooog. Wiped Out

We had a wonderful whirlwind overnight trip with Daughter to Asheville, NC to look at the college of her choice. I want to go back to school and go there. Can I do it over again?

It's about four and half hours drive, and I did it in the rain yesterday to get there, and then back again in the rain today after meetings and tour... I am wiped.

And tomorrow I leave at 6:00 AM to drive four and a half hours to Columbia, SC... Spartanburg SC on Thursday... I'll get a day without travel in Columbia on Wednesday. Shame about the location. I like some people in Columbia, very much. There is a wonderful zoo and garden there. There's a good SC state museum there. I think that's it - the rest I would gladly never see again.

Hopefully it's not raining during my drive tomorrow.

This will not be a good week for art, I'm thinking. But I did at least post progress on that painting from Life Drawing. This is as far as I've gotten with preliminary watercolor. It's slow going - I don't know what I'm doing, which is the fun and frightening part all at once.

10 comments:

linda said...

oh steve, this is so provocative and I love the musculature of her lower body...and that purple and ultramarine is like magic velvet shadows. It's lovely right now. Don't try to make it true to life, let some fantasy creep in--it's speaking that language (for me).

my comments are shut down for now. wordpress is looking better and better! I have some decisions to make, not trying to be cryptic - just in case.

take good care of yourself.
xoxo

June Saville said...

Art can be like standing on the edge of a cliff and deciding to jump off! Risks can spawn creativity. I like what I see so far Steve.

Genie Sea said...

Oh I love what you did with this drawing! The colors and shading are captivating; and it still has its marshmallowy goodness! :)

Lisa said...

I'm loving it so far. I love how the woman on the left is currently in the negative right now.

Safe travels. May the sun go with you. Enough with the rain!

Oh, and about that college visit - MathMan had that exact same reaction when he revisited Indiana University with The Dancer. He came home and announced that it would be a good idea to go back there, too. I'm not so sure The Dancer would be thrilled, but it is where MathMan and I met and got married.....

originalbliss said...

I love - and HATE - not knowing what I am doing.

It forces me to lose control and go with the flow - it always ends up so much better.

This painting is going to be wonderful! It already has so much story.
Shannan

Steve Emery said...

Thank you all so much.

Linda - I do hope to leave this fantastic, not realistic. First, I'm not able to make it realistic, Second, and more importantly, that's what the camera is for, in my view, and I can only think of a few ways to bore me more than for me to pursue something like realism. On the other hand, I love playing with the colors and shapes and the image and it's potential meaning. So no worries there. But all parts of it feel very unfinished to me - so there will definitely me more. I think the shadows and the cool colors on her left (our right) are the most likely to stay as they are now... We'll see.

We'll follow you to Wordpad, if you need to move. MLight is over there, by the way.

June - Thanks! And I agree about risk - it's why I brought a painting to the session and let 'er rip. I may eventually bring the watercolors and REALLY go at it right there with the model present. We'll see. That would be a lot harder for me to do without my concentration being blown all the time. I don's like to stand out that much when I'm drawing. Now I can definitely stand out - like recently, in the SC office when a good friend was having a 60th birthday, cake, etc., all the technical people in his area all queued up for cake, I came in from the Exec suite and started to sing Happy Birthday. Loud. I have a fine voice (bass). No one joined in, regardless of my encouragement. So I just carried it to the end as a solo...

Genie Sea - I'm glad I could preserve the marshmallowy quality... We'll see if it stays.

Lisa - I also like the negative image of the other figure... I intended to preserve that somehow, but I can't just leave that space white...

And I definitely can see the draw of the time in your life when you met and fell for each other. And the place, too...

Originalbliss (Shannon) - Thanks! I also love and hate being out of control. I have to ambush myself and position things so I get forced into this spot. Good thigns happen, I agree, but I almost never come here on my own willingly. I have to trick myself.

Genie Sea said...

Steve, if I may I would like to help Linda here, as I cannot comment on her blog and have no email to reach her. IF you can pass this along, it might help her...

Linda - in Blogger Settings, go to Comments. Make sure "show" is selected at the top of the page. If "Show" is selected, check under Who Can Comment... If "only members of this blog is selected", deselect that! I hope this helps :)

Michelle said...

This is beautiful already. Love it.

Pagan Sphinx said...

Are you feeling better about drawing and painting breasts? I think these look good. Love the purple background, too.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I love the way this is progressing. The relaxed recline of the head, the colors.