Friday, October 01, 2010

Laundry Sketch


30 minute sketch

This is such a great exercise. I needed it today. My week turned out to be very busy and I had spent two days (I think) working on a larger, more complicated piece. So I wanted to just paint some simple scenes and thought that to break them down to their simplest shapes would be ideal. I set my timer for 25 minutes and went to work. Its wonderful to just look at the big shapes, shadow and light, and mass in. When the timer went off, I allowed myself just a couple minutes more to make final touches - hit the lights harder. I'm always trying to capture the sunlight. Aren't we all?

btw - the model is me. I wanted a scene, so I set up my tripod and camera (using the timer) and hung some laundry in the backyard. More on that later.

8 comments:

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi Robin!... Zesty colour... raking light... meaningful, but economic brushwork! It's all in there in 30 minutes!

Sometimes... we all need to "set the timer" and flash dance. Trust intuition to guide us to simply constructed... but powerful pieces like this one! A gem!

Good Painting!
Warnmest regards,
Bruce

Cissy Gray said...

You are a great inspiration, thanks for sharing. I love your 25 min. sketch, can't wait to see the finished piece. Found your blog a few months ago and have really enjoyed all you have to say.

Marian Fortunati said...

Great sketch -- great exercise and wonderful inspiration for the rest of us, Robin!

SUSAN RODEN said...

A lot achieved in such a short time. Love the freshness of it!

Roxanne Steed said...

Lovely!!!! and great idea to 'set up yourself' as the model! I think I've got to try that idea (now that my daughters have moved away from home, my 'free' models are scarce!)

Linda Popple said...

25 minutes - well done!!

Virginia Floyd said...

This is so well done! I can't believe you did this so quickly. Looks like a lovely day to hang clothes outside!

Randall Cogburn said...

Hi Robin,

I haven't seen your blog lately and found it again. It looks like your deffinitely better. I like your idea of taking photos of your self and using them as a model. I haven't tried painting live models yet but have done some watercolors and lots of sketches. You have an interesting way of gridding the canvas and seen that before with another painter I forgot his name but nice way of doing it. I usually just do a contour drawing most of the time especially if its complicated. You make me want to find someone hanging some close somewhere and say hey do yo mind if I paint you, lol. Love you work and hope to see more.

~Kirby

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