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Just under the wire

Posted: June 3rd, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: art, painting | 4 Comments »

Day 2 of 30 days of creativity, this which I managed to do in spite of the fact that I was super-busy all day having THE MOST AWESOME BIRTHDAY EVER courtesy of The Knitter, who gave me awesome presents and took me out for sushi and a delicious cookie.

This Skeeter Davis, drawn from a very, very tiny picture I had of her in a book because for some reason I thought using a smaller original would make for a faster picture. I think I might be becoming senile. Also, it’s done in watercolor, a medium I loathe*. Good thing I like Skeeter Davis, huh? I think she has the same hairstyle in this video as in the photo I was working from.

I am not planning on turning this month into Portraits of Female Country Singers, unless you give me a good reason to. And I don’t even know where this portrait thing came from – the last time I was drawing regularly I only liked to draw furniture. I’m not even kidding about that. Well, and the occasional punk rock poster.

* Why work in a medium I loathe? Well, I really, REALLY like color. And watercolors require less space, prep and cleanup than oils or even acrylics. And I started this at 10:30pm and for some reason thought this would be faster than my usual hour and a half of drawing (not that I’m complaining, I think I make pretty good time). And I also really like painting, so I’m not so interested in colored pencils which, as you  may have guessed from the name, also contain colors inside them. Also, watercolors kept calling me up in the middle of the night, swearing they weren’t drunk and telling me they’re different now, they’ve really changed. And like a fool I believed them. Only getting back together with watercolors turns out to be like getting back together with your ex who’s still wearing sport coats with the sleeves pushed up to the elbows and boat shoes with no socks.  No matter what watercolors tell you, don’t believe them – no matter how many meetings they go to, they’ll never change.

4 Comments on “Just under the wire”

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  2. 2 Alice-Marie said at 7:26 am on June 3rd, 2010:

    I so like your watery Skeeter :) I think its great to put your 30 days creations into a blog – a bit more of a story to the item. Your blog is really a pleasure to read. I’m looking forward to seeing more from your 30 days! Very best wishes from Denmark :)


  3. 3 Jodi said at 8:24 am on June 3rd, 2010:

    Re: watercolours, I’m with you. I’m using them in some drawings now too, and pretty much the extent of my skills is draw something, colour it in. Gah.

    Re: Month of Portraits of Female Country Singers: YES! YES! YES!

  4. 4 Erika said at 10:00 am on June 3rd, 2010:

    I could definitely dig a month of Portraits of Female Country Singers!

    My Aqua Flow watercolor travel brush swears it’s not like that – it just likes to play the field, you know?

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