Thursday, August 19, 2010

Work-in-Progress: New Horse Drawing

Though in its very early stages and minus a few horses, the above image provides an idea of the general composition of my current drawing.  The image will be a 20" x 30" colored pencil piece, and the reference photographs I am using were taken in Wyoming a number of years ago.  The horses will be backlit by the setting sun, causing the onlooker's viewpoint to be primarily cast in shadow.

More landscape-like in nature, this drawing is a very different approach for me.  Consequently, it has already wreaked havoc with my tendency to overthink everything.  I usually tend to choose subjects which are close-up in perspective, and that provide at least a fair amount of detail and texture.  This zoomed-in view allows me to attempt to tell a story by conveying emotion through the subject.  In contrast, the current piece will contain very little detail, many soft edges, and a lot of sunlit dust and ambiguity!  In response to my bemoaning the challenge of said ambiguity, a friend aptly pointed out, "Its just shapes, Lynda: its just shapes".  True enough.  (And really........ why on earth less detail would cause a minor panic is beyond me anyway.  That just makes no logical sense!)

So as I keep drawing and keep learning, summer is starting to wind down in the rolling fields of this part of southern Michigan.  The cicadas have been buzzing in the trees, the migratory birds are gathering in larger groups, and thankfully........the nights are cooler.  Sometime soon the barn will become suddenly and eerily quiet, absent the constant chatter of barn swallows.  This time of year often brings a sense of melancholy with it for me, as the tick-tock of another summer season passes.........and as some of you know my son leaves for his first year of college in little more than a week.  We have much to accomplish prior to his leaving, so time to draw will be at a premium in the near future............but thats okay.

Monday, August 2, 2010

The CPSA 18th International Exhibition..........from the back side.

Having just returned from the annual International Exhibition of the Colored Pencil Society of America near San Francisco, California, I am reminded of the fact that there are those experiences in life that simply provide one with tremendous joy -- and over the few years that I have attended this event, it has become just that for me.  I am so fortunate to be able to spend time with such talented friends and colleagues, and each year that I go the experience only gets better.  Over the course of the past couple of CPSA events I have attended (and to my own amusement), it has become increasingly clear that I have developed a reputation as the woman who's laughter can be heard clearly across a crowded room -- or possibly from one end of the hotel to the other, as the case may be!  Despite some degree of good-natured 'ribbing' for this characteristic of mine, I'm okay with this -- laughter is such good medicine for the soul.  (However, I'm seriously considering fooling everybody next year by perfecting the development of a polite titter.)

As always, my heartfelt appreciation for the national CPSA board members who work tirelessly to organize wonderful events such as this.  This year's CIPPY award (Best of Show) was garnered by Shinji Harada of Japan for his lovely still life, Grapes in a Basket.  Highlights of this year's convention week included the awards banquet, artists' reception at The Art Museum of Los Gatos, workshops by artists Allan Servoss, Ester Roi, and Melissa Miller Nece, and the National Meeting / Invitational Silent Auction.  At this year's auction I was fortunate to 'snag' an Elizabeth Patterson original, something I've tried to do over the past three convention auctions.  In addition there was time for a little shopping, alot of eating, and a road trip to see the redwood trees at Muir Woods just north of San Francisco.  All-in-all for this "little girl from Michigan" (yes Jeffrey, I'm still quoting that!) who had not been to California prior to now, it was a great time.

Finally, I must express my appreciation to fellow-blogger Denny Holland, a San Francisco-area artist.  Denny, his wife, and one of his daughters attended the CPSA artists' reception, and it was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to meet them and spend time talking with them.  (Thanks Denny!)

Following are several photos taken during convention week.  Enjoy, and as always -- thanks for reading.

A bop-fest at the National Meeting, commemorating CPSA's 20th year

Clearly, Jeffrey Baisden is saying something absolutely hi-larious (again!)

Myself and Massachusett's artist Deborah Friedman, at the Awards Banquet

Bonnie Auten (MI), and Mari K Moehl (FL)

At Muir Woods:  Dianna Soisson (MI), Elizabeth Patterson (CA), myself, and Teresa Mallen (Canada)

Apparently I am feeling somewhat objectionable about something, but Jeffrey Baisden and Elizabeth Patterson appear quite content!

Teresa Mallen, Elizabeth A. Patterson of Maine, and Deborah Friedman