Okay. Back again after WAY too long away from the blog and art making. I started this drawing (left) using crayon and white pen, water-color pencils, and wash on tinted paper. I like drawing lone objects and I often just start drawing without a plan. But then it seems to need something else, right? A shadow or table edge or something. I started another (below) with chalk, white colored pencil and micron pen. To get the coral to look whiter like it really is. I didn’t post them since they are both unfinished. However, I was inspired by Austin Kleon’s book, Show Your Work. He is like a cheerleader for creativity–an inspiring, cool dude. He talks about showing works in progress because people are often interested in the process, not just the finished piece. And also that things don’t have to be perfect to post which I know and we’ve talked about that already a bit, haven’t we? So I’m sharing these two drawings of my fake coral candelabra which sits on my kitchen windowsill. Not a thrift store treasure but a treasure nonetheless. I love the organic shape of corals. A drawing teacher would probably have said–draw the window and the sill. But I didn’t WANT to. Maybe if I draw enough of these, I can experiment with different background techniques. Maybe that’s what I was planning. Yeah, that’s it. THAT’S what I was planning. Heh.
Yay! It worked. The wedding I mean. It was a blue-sky sunny hot day in Stowe, VT, where we all assembled in a green field. There were heartfelt vows, a tea ceremony and Spence and Tuyen got married! Then we ate under a beautiful tent, there was merriment, good food, cake and dancing. Mountain views. Family and friends. And gorgeous big red paper lanterns lit and set afloat at dusk, quite beautiful. It was a lovely day for a lovely couple. It felt like a blur though, Rich and I were frazzled and dazed but I imagine it’s often like that for the parents. These are portraits I drew which Tuyen used on a canvas for people to sign and write notes on. The veiled portraits continue!