Of fruit, flowers, and men (some NSFW)

As always, after weeks of immersion in writing, I’m now painting and painting and painting. It’s just different parts of the brain, I always say; I don’t know if that’s neuro-scientifically true, but it’s how it feels. I have a very hard time writing once my brain has gone visual, and during my writing phases, I barely touch my brushes or pencils.

I’ve signed up for more life drawing in the coming months, so you’ll be seeing lots more of that, as well as my usual practice with fruit, vegetables, and flowers.

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August 12: “to pe ma ar to”

Aug 12 - Tomato pear

August 13: dahlias

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today: another visit to the rose garden

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And last night, I went to my first life-drawing session since last fall in Boston. Whenever I haven’t done any life drawing in awhile, I tend to think I can live without it, but then as soon as I start again it’s like remembering the scent of outdoor air: ah! how was I living without this?

When we were in Kyoto in 2013, I went to a very old stationery shop and bought a scroll. I don’t know what kind of paper it is. I don’t know what it’s meant for. But this scroll has been sitting in cupboards since I bought it, waiting for just the right project. A couple of weeks ago it occurred to me to fill it entirely with life drawings.

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Here are the drawings from last night, spread out and ribboned, because otherwise its length would be too much for the bed:

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Like so many Japanese papers, this one resists my attempts at the kind of slow, painstaking detail involved in the tomato and pear painting at the top of this post. Layering colors mostly makes muddle. So I have to work light, fast, and neither too wet nor too dry. I’m enjoying the challenge.

By the way, I’m working right-to-left with the scroll, per Asian style, but because I’m right-handed, I’m painting each section of scroll from left to right. This back-and-forth is making for some interesting compositions.

Two-minute poses:

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Our model, by the way, is Colin.

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Five-minute poses beginning with the one at left:

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Ten-minute poses:

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Twenty-minute poses:

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And one last ten-minute, to finish the evening:

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