a different angle of the Hôtel de Ville. this time featuring an old gaslight in the foreground.
going to try another one today. in another color of course.
here are a few roughshod quickie portraits done live. if you are feeling depressed or blue promise me you will either do a self-portrait or a friend's portrait. the resulting gales of laughter will do you good.
don't be ridiculous. of course they're all of the exact same person. done on the exact same day. can't you tell?!
i love to draw with a watercolor brush. i often wish i would THINK more and plan before jumping in with a sketch, but i just don't have it in me.
take these 2 glass cups of tea below for example. the original pic is HERE in my old istanbul travelogue. anyway the plates have 6 red segments not 8 as in the upper cup. just a tiny bit of thought before diving in could have come in handy. but what the hell, i could always consider this the warm-up study and do another sketch of the exact same thing. in fact now that i say that i realize i should do that more often.
after the glasses i wanted to draw a building with my paintbrush. i'm here to tell you that was extremely rewarding.
now i want to do another in bright blue.
i'm determined to paint one building a day this week. i detest one-a-day type challenges so this may not work for me. we'll see.
where are you and what are you doing? someone in los angeles wants to know.
behold my new sketchbook ready to be bound. it's been in the bookcase all week getting smashed flat.
my margarita-and-writing ritual is a new late afternoon treat.
the new class arrived yesterday and they are a nice bunch of kiddos. guiless and sweet. only 1 wildcard in the bunch and he's nothing compared to other wildcards from other years at other schools. i started reading a roald dahl favorite of mine today. i sit in a chair and they sit in a cluster at my feet more or less. i used to never imagine 5th graders would enjoy storytime as much as they do. but they are a captive audience. coco, yahuan, jincan, rongcong, and 25 more. 10 girls and 18 boys!
oh... well there is one other thing. i've sealed the deal on a seaside cottage that is going to be all mine for a week at the end of november. i can already feel the heady seabreeze pushing my wings outward & upward.
i have no idea where i'll be in november, but there's no harm in anticipating another good assignment around the corner.
okay, that's it for now. just a short missive from the western edge of the continent.