Semi abstract.....turn it around and you may be able to find nuances of schooldays.
I would entitle this.....'Best foot forward'. Original 5" x 6" approx on heavy rough Bockingford paper. Mostly wet in wet
those who teach shall also learn and those who learn shall also teach - Peter Laslett
feel free to make constructive c/c...no digital alterations please
Claudia, Kim, Nealey, Bonnie, Sarah, Jen, and Geri, thank you for your encouragement on my second portrait of a Guatemalan schoolgirl. What wonderful faces these children have! I appreciate your support and comments and am inspired by the work you post.
Comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.
Sarah, my brain must not be wired for abstract shapes - I downloaded your "Best Foot Forward" and rotated it but couldn't identify the shapes. I think this is a shortcoming on my end rather than yours. I do like the colors, the way they fade into each other, and the way your technique capitalized on the paper's texture.
Sarah, sorry I have a hard time with abstacts too. I tried so hard to reduce pictures to the minimum but I can't.
Very nice colourful WC
I believe looking at the shapes it's the close up on the tennisshoe.
C&C always welcome
Hello Alex and Claudia...not to worry if you can't come to terms with abstracts..it isn't a shortcoming! It is the trainer shoe Claudia....I chose to abstract it as it was a subject which I used to use in my own classes many years ago...students used soft pastels or chalk and were asked to depict them twice their actual size. (They each used their own shoe!).
Sarah ~ Yes I see the sneaker (trainer to you!) & think this is an interesting perspective. The rough paper gives some nice textures!
Comments and critiques are welcome.
Kim fortunately/unfortunately I no longer live in Guatemala, I married the most wonderful woman and came to live in Oregon
hello, just chiming in for a quick howdy...
SARAH: I spotted the shoe right off and absolutely loved it.
Jose: you always amaze me with your pastels they are always top notch
Bonnie: love the crayon's. to me just looks like the ruled page is tilted side ways a bit for writing purposes,
Alex: nice profile with the little girl, The blue on top could be a hat or head dress if one has never seen the original before your painting. great job. the little girl behind the " king", struck my fancy as well. I like what you did with the background.
Claudia your crayon pieces are so cute. they have a life of their own.... I like the jumbo crayon with the hand. with my hand problems I wish now that was how large all my utensils were including paint brushes
Pastel Teachers' hands are usually chalk-full. (by Marsha Ross)
C & C Always Welcome
I was listening to someone the other day and they suggested trying a line drawing and not taking your hand off of the paper. I thought yea right! so I thought I would give it a go. I have to admit, as the picture started to come to life I found I was enjoying the process. I did however, cheat a bit with the little blackboard and letters. The pen I was using would leak if I lingered to long in one place, so sometimes I went back and forth until I knew where I was going to go next especially around the mouth. But it was a fun exercise to look at the subject and try to draw what you see.
Thank you Claudia, Sarah, and Marsha for your comments. Claudia, I loved your crayons and wished I could think of something creative to do with mine. I had thought I should try and print, or do a writing exercise along the lines to add something creative.
Sarah, I must admit I did not see the sneaker in your abstract until you mentioned it. I saw two bodies together which I liked. But now I can see the sneaker. I like the flowing lines of this piece.
Marsha, your sketch using a continues line must have been very hard to do. Looking at it completed I can see how you worked it for the hair and shading but to think of it while drawing must have been challenging. Nicely done and very appropriate for school days. So glad to hear from you.
Bonnie C & C most welcome / appreciated
Marsha, thank you for your comments! The item on top of the schoolgirl's head is a folded piece of colorful fabric.
I like your neat exercise of drawing in a continuous line - very cool effect.
Thank you Bonnie, makes me feel a little better now
Thank you Marsha for commenting on my crayons.I hopeyour hand is better now. Over here the make grips you can put on pencils and pens, they're made for kids so they can hold the thinner stuff better.
This looks difficult to do Marsha , drawing and not take the hand of the paper, you achieved a wonderful result with the drawing of the girl .
good to see you back..that exercise is another one which I 'used' with classes as a warm up ...another one you may like to try is tracing your own profile with your FINGER whilst you DRAW it in one continuous line. After one or two attempts you will find it will be quite accurate.
Well done you...gymnastics/swimming figures and an apple for the teacher were three shapes which emerged as I painted.
Thanks Marsha, view appreciated...hope your really are feeling much better.
sorry posted in error