Making slow but steady progress on this. I have a kind of pie-in-the-sky goal of finishing it by the end of the week, but I really need to step it up a bit if that’s going to happen!
Quick initial sketch of Timber for a commissioned piece. There will be more doggy sketches to come, I’m sure!
Walked over to a little local park today and sketched this on location. Only one person spoke to me; he was walking a dog (in a park that doesn’t allow dogs) and said: “Looks like you’re having a good time.” The forced chuckle after that statement made it a somewhat weird, awkward moment, but I just smiled and said, “I hope you’re having a good day too.”
One elderly gentleman was doing laps, walking around the perimeter of the park. Every time he passed me, I’d hear a few seconds of the polka music he was listening to.
I started reading *Laughter in the Dark* by Nabokov after sketching this, and one phrase struck me — so I added it to the side of the sketch, because why not?
Made the figure a little more solid today.
The first photo is with the overhead light on; the second one, taken with only natural light, is less sharp but more accurately reflects the colors.
Haven’t had much energy for art lately — packing and keeping the apartment in a constant state of readiness for showings takes up way too much time. But I finally got fed up with that and broke out the pastels. This will probably be the last pastel painting I ever do at this apartment.
I started with a loose sketch on Ampersand Pastelbord, and then started roughing in the darks with neutral tones. It’s actually considerably darker than the picture shows — the bright light attached to my easel makes the top appear lighter than it actually is. Which is problematic, really. I probably ought to get a better lighting setup at some point after we move.