Step Two

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

~ Dr. Seuss

Here’s one thing that utterly fascinates me about drawing, painting, sculpture, what-have-you: the magic of taking a blank piece of paper or canvas and all of a sudden there’s an image! I can’t even begin to describe it. Like “watch me pull a rabbit out of the hat” or picking a silver dollar from behind someone’s ear.

Here’s my progress on Clay. It’s going in the right direction.

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The Beginning of Clay

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
E.E. Cummings

I saw a photograph of a young man in a cowboy hat in a magazine. The photograph is unusually detailed. It really has a lot of information in it. I also think that the man has an interesting face. He also has a hat on. And you know how much I love hats. So here she goes… a little sketch of a man named Clay begins. I worked on it tonight for about an hour. I like posting the beginnings of a sketch online. It shows me if the drawing is progressing along the right lines and what areas I need to work on next.

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Cowgirl Complete

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I finished my “Cowgirl Rembrandt” today. I’m really happy with it. This person is direct but hides a little bit behind the brim of the hat. My sister said “Make her have a little smile” but it was too late. The die was cast. The composition formed. I’m going to keep making these portraits as I find interesting subjects. Until I do I’m working on a landscape. I’m trying to infuse it with feeling. I’ll be sharing that with you as soon as it’s worthy.

“You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare” – Georgia O’Keefe