Domestic Tools — Take One

Before forging ahead with a vague idea for a painting, I figured I better do a test run. Glad I did. Doing the sketch generated a page of notes on how to approach this subject (and the other whisks in my collection) more successfully next time.

Art as cure

Finally picked up pen and paint the other day to fight off the flu blues. Drawing can be good medicine. Fresh flowers help too.

On the couch, iPad at the ready to watch a concert on Livestream.

Snowy Sketch Session

Our local sketching meet-up took place at a home with a lovely sun room. The sun was in hiding, behind constant snowfall, but there was plenty of warmth inside. We each chose different subjects to sketch (including a cow vertebrae).

I was drawn to the angles of the exterior structures. When our host went out to clear some of the quickly accumulating snow, I did my best to capture the figure to include in the scene.

Another sketch of the cow vertebrae (see previous post).

Found object

At this month’s sketchers gathering, a new participant brought three vertebrae from a cow carcass he found in the woods on his property. As we were packing up our sketchbooks, I felt compelled to draw it one more time. Such intriguing shapes and shadows, resulting in a rather abstract image.

Drawn in about 3 minutes with a Fude Sailor pen, painted at home. I was rather pleased with the result.