Skylark Karma

… Fake Journals… not me, but close.


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Traffic Exodus – 04/21/2017

11:42 PM

 

yes, I painted this in the afternoon, but it just seemed wrong to do my write up then. too early. this was a lesson in patience… way too many tiny strokes and squiggles… I did some, walked away and set up the spare room… did some more, walked away and made a large salad & stuck it in the fridge… did even more, and cleaned the bathroom. ready for Paul & Suzanne! they actually arrived pretty early ~7:00. turns out they managed to get out of work and escape the city before the major traffic exodus. the bros have been discussing politics. I saw Suzanne roll her eyes so we left them at the dining room table and took our wine into the living room. we talked jobs etc. she thinks I should forget the whole job thing and go back and get a teaching certificate / degree… I don’t think so. who’s hiring art teachers now! no one! sweet of her to think I could do it. now to bed.

 

right eye

 

left eye

 

just a hint of an under-eye shadow on both.

 

( image: 22 in. x 14 in. )

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More Natural… Less Posed – 04/20/2017

8:58 PM

 

still working on head tilts. she should have her chin lower as it is in the prelim but I confess, I like her head position in the final better. to my eye it looks more natural… less posed. oops! just noticed… I forgot to give her her earring. Peter looked at it and said Michelle Obama. nope. not Serena Williams either. she’s just a model in an advertisement in a magazine. She looks like she’s having a great time. I picked her photo for the 3/4 view. that’s the hardest position for me. it’s difficult to get the midline correct. love the dry brush hair! I must remember to use that more often. Paul & Suzanne are coming up tomorrow eve. for the weekend. told P. I’ll stop at the co-op on my way home from the hu. soc. I’ll pick up a couple of take & bake pizzas since we don’t really know when they’ll get here… and how am I going to find the time to continue this gouache stuff? maybe I’ll do it as soon as I get home. this throws my schedule all off.

 

three-quarter views are the toughest!

 

even tougher than smiles.

 

( image: 22 in. x 14 in. )

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Teaching Moment – 04/19/2017

8:33 PM

 

I’ve looked at this fella a bunch of times and I think I’ve finally figured out what’s wrong… what’s off. It’s the refection of the light in his eyes. eyeballs are spheres… a curved surface. if the light is coming from his left as he looks down to the right… there’s no way the highlight should be there. it should be in shadow and the highlight should be on the left near the visible sclera. should I correct it? nah. I would lose the teaching moment. I really like how the skin tone shows through his beard. fewer beard hairs there. Sara asked me to do the kennels again. this time because Jeanne called in… her husband had a heart attack last night and she’s going to stay with him. definitely more important. I told S. I’d do Jeanne’s shift on Friday. there’s a benefit of not working full-time… flexibility.

 

bulbous

 

lips hidden by mustache. lip line uneven.

 

very short distance from eye to tip of nose.

 

ears tip outward

 

tag: Kindness is the essence of life

( image: 11 in. x 14 in. )

 

( image: 22 in. x 14 in.)

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Multitasking At Its Best – 04/18/2017

8:46 PM

I think this may be my best nose yet! and it may be better… the whole painting is actually better than my prelim. I remembered to widen her face and add more hair. the shadows under the hair seems to be more important than I originally thought. two weeks of nothing but gouache. my watercolors have been put away so I’m not even tempted. P watches the Red Sox while I take over the dining table. he watches while catching up on the latest biology journals. he’s leading journal club on Thursday. multitasking at its best… science & sports. 

smiles need squinty eyes to be authentic. 

Left

Right

needs more hair

less upper lip
( image: 11 in. x 14 in. )

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Absolutely Meditative – 04/17/2017


10:43 PM

painting her hair was absolutely meditative. phthalo blue, burnt sienna, & payne’s grey. just layer it on. and on, and on. I didn’t want to stop. her eyes are too big but… too bad. I guess I still need more proportion work. it was better in the pencil drawing. esp. her right eye. left was just a hair too large. tomorrow I’m going to check out J. Crew in Hanover. maybe they’ll have a skirt in a color other than black. I’ve finished my resume… mostly… and I’m going to check out the college job listings. one of the women who works at the med-school says there are a few openings. that would work as long as I don’t have to work with Peter. that would be way too much togetherness.  

Left eye

Right eye

nose needs to be wider

Quite Dark under lip & nearly a lost edge under right side of chin. 

( image:  22 in. x 14 in. )

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Beautiful Streaming – 04/16/2017

9:22 PM

service did go very long today but the light was beautiful streaming through the windows. made me almost forget how uncomfortable those pews are… almost. we had a lovely dinner at the Morris’. The easter standard, ham & scalloped potatoes. it was a full house. 12 of us. the Morris family, a couple of students, 2 of the other post-docs with their husbands and Peter & me. there were lots of flowers so I’m extra glad we brought a plant. it was so warm today we opened all the windows once we got home only to have to run around & close them all when a surprise shower blew in. the wind picked up so fast. of course, the laundry still needs to be done. P’s flipping through the channels searching for something good. he seems to have settled on hockey. ugh.

lower far eye

slightly oblique

almost a total profile

true lateral

( image: 11 in. x 14 in. )


( image: 22 in. x 14 in.)

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Paying Attention – 04/15/2017

10:37 PM

I can draw all the level lines I want but if I’m not paying attention, like tonight, I’ll still draw the nostrils too straight instead of on a tilt. smaller portraits take less than a quarter of the time I spend on the large ones. just the right amount of time to spend this weekend. lovely warm day. we went for coffee this morning, then did the food shopping. too nice to do much of anything else. the laundry will just have to be done tomorrow – maybe after we get back from easter dinner. I’d do it in the morning but we have church. and being easter I bet it goes long. we thought about going out for dinner but instead we did the pizza thing. beer for Peter, wine for me. wonder if I can finish the bottle before it goes off.

tilt

tilt

tilt

tilt

( image: 11 in. x 14 in. )

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Graciously Told – 04/14/17

9:28 PM

P’s gone off to the lab. again, just a quick in & out. says this bit is the last for the week. no work this weekend being the holiday & all. we’ve been invited to Peter’s boss’s house for easter dinner. I’m a little nervous, I’ve only met him when P came for his interview. and I’ve never met his wife. I asked if we could bring something and were graciously told not to bother. they had it all under control. okay, so I don’t bring food but we’ll find something to bring. wine? flowers? I’m sure I’ll find something tomorrow at the co-op. it’s 15% off day too. sat outside this afternoon working on my resume. the sun felt so good on my shoulders. the neighbor’ cat came over. probably checking on our rodent status. our landlord says the chipmunks live under the deck. not for long if the cat has any say in the matter. 

<— CHUBBY cheeks

child’s nose – all three balls relatively the same size and spaced widely apart. 

remember lower lip lighter and has highlights. 

No! —>

huge irises & rounder eyes – looking cranky… eyebrows are knitted up. 

( image: 22 in. x 14 in. )

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Discomforting Feeling – 04/13/2017

10:08 PM

 

 

it’s too late and I’m too tired. in fact I was so tired when I started this that I decided to forego making a full gouache portrait. my mechanical pencil to the rescue. I had another poor nights sleep and woke up this morning knowing I dreamt and having a real discomforting feeling that something bad had happened. like a nightmare but not. do I remember anything beyond that? of course not. that’s both good and bad I guess. oooh… my hand is smearing the pencil. it’s definitely time to stop, wash my hands and go to bed.

 

look right —>

 

<— look left

 

lower lip more recessed than upper but catches more light

 

 

( image: 22 in. x 14 in. )

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Egyptian Licorice – 04/12/2017

8:41 PM

 

got to the UVHS early this morning. so early I sat in the car thinking. no radio and that’s how I know it’s serious. Sara was great as usual, such an upbeat person, it’s infectious. we had a cup of tea before I set off to do the cats. Sara always has multiple choices of Yogi brand teas to choose from. I had the egyptian licorice. sort of chai-like with spices but less overpowering. it was a lovely way to start the day. I wish my clothes shopping had been more successful. there’s an odd selection of clothing stores here. high end and fuddy-duddy or cheap and slinky. I guess I haven’t shopped much around here. I think I’ll call Carrie tomorrow & see what she thinks. art supplies are so much easier to buy. well all except for brushes. I wish I could try them out and feel them in my hand before buying but there’s nothing here. it’s online for me. don’t want to do clothes that way either. maybe I’ll chat up the women at the library. one of them, I don’t know her name, has a really cute & funky asymmetrical haircut and she dresses cool too. wonder when she works next.

 

tag:  In every moment of life, you should be what you ought to be.

 

 

way too much iris

 

looking down – still too much iris

 

true profile – can’t see beyond the bridge of the nose

 

ski jump nose

 

nose profiles – shape changes with the location of the balls

 

 

( image: 22 in. x 14 in. )

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