Saturday, October 6, 2012

Three Hour Colored Pencil Sketch... The Fawn

The Fawn is Prismcolors on coffee colored Mi-tientes paper 6 x 7 1/2 inches.  It was done from a photo for the October 6, Wetcanvas Drawing Event.  It is a practice piece done simply for the enjoyment of making art. There are so many reasons not to produce work. I am not in the mood,  I am not engaged by the photo, there is just too much detail, it won't be a masterpiece, I don't like how it looks as I begin, it isn't perfect, my measurements are off........and on and on.  I am sure if you are reading this blog, you have experienced these thoughts.
But, this summer I visited the studio of  Joaquin Clausell (1866-1935). He is a Mexican Impressionist. His studio is located in Mexico City, in a wonderful old building, now the City Museum.  He used his walls to practice upon.  There are no canvases in his studio now.  There are just four walls painted from floor to ceiling with small works. It appears that he used these walls for practice work out problems, to think about composition, or to simply to play at the end of a day.  It is a breathtaking, enchanting glimpse into the mind of a practicing artist. This was certainly not meant to be a display of his finest works, but it shows us much more, his problems, his sometimes not so perfect solutions, and some amazingly fresh masterpieces. This all came about through PRACTICE.
So, if you ever get a chance to visit his studio, please do, you will not be disappointed

So here is my practice piece after 2 hours.

And after 3 hours.

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