Friday, December 21, 2012
Christmas is coming soon and I wish I had a cute holiday-themed painting for you, but, alas, all I have is this cute French barista in his red tie. Chris and I were staying in a small hotel in the town of Versailles, with the idea that we would get started on touring the chateau before all the day-trippers arrived on their buses. So we got up early and went in search of breakfast. But, you know, the French aren't really big on breakfast. So the best we could do was to buy some croissants at the bakery and then have coffee in the bar. However, the bar was charming, the service wonderful, and I got a great cup of decaf. And the barman was very gracious in allowing me to photograph him at work.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The last morning of our vacation on Longboat Key, I got down to the beach early to sketch while the sun was still giving nice long shadows. These two came along soon afterwards and set up on the chaises. It was as if they did it this way every morning, her with her book and him with his crossword. I didn't notice them talking, but they seemed in perfect sync, enjoying the empty beach and a beautiful morning together. I imagined they'd been married for a long time.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
This is my favorite sketch from the visit to Longboat Key. It was the second half of the perfect beach day. After a morning swim and a poolside lunch of excellent veggie burgers, Chris and I decided to go to St. Armand's Circle to do some shopping. But on the way he had to take a conference call, so we decided to make a stop at this beautiful empty beach on the Key. While Chris talked, I sat on a picnic table and sketched this scene. I liked the lone bather with the umbrellas in the background.
I rarely ask people if I can draw them when I'm doing sketches. They would become self conscious and I'd probably lose the pose that attracted me in the first place. Besides, it's never a portrait; you really couldn't recognize them. And I don't show them the sketch afterwards, unless they ask. I guess I assume they wouldn't like the rendering, the same way most people don't like photos of themselves. Although--as Chris pointed out--this one ended up thinner than she actually was, so maybe she would have liked it.