I took a “vacation” from drawing outside in November because the weather was a mixed bag of cold wind and dampness and because a busy schedule consumed outdoor drawing time. I did a few outdoor sketches early in the month, then, before I knew it, the month was gone and so was the pleasant weather.
In the search for life drawing subjects, I turned to the indoors after Thanksgiving. Quite naturally, I came up with subjects connected to the Christmas season.
Colored lights have fascinated me since I was old enough to appreciate them. I still love walking around the neighborhoods, enjoying Christmas decorations of all kinds. Neal and I have walked miles crisscrossing our part of town on a cold winter’s night.
This particular light bulb is indoors, though. And it wasn’t glowing brightly when I drew it. It wasn’t the light of the bulb but the reflections on it that caught my attention.
I used a 6B Turquoise drawing pencil to lay down value and a finger tip to blend. Though it’s not perfect, I’m pleased with the way it turned out.
Christmas recalls to mind walks in the winter landscape of home. Those memories are the basis for the next drawing.
You might recognize the general composition from a couple of small format paintings I did many years ago. Fresh Snow – Afternoon and Fresh Snow – Evening are based on the same photograph.
Although I didn’t work from a photograph to do this drawing, I did rely heavily on my memory of the photograph and of the actual setting.
I spent about an hour with a 6B pencil to draw this study. I used fingers and paper towel for most of the blending, but also used a blending stump on the tree in the foreground. Some of the highlights in the tree were lifted with a Pink Pearl Eraser. The middle ground shadows are smudges I added by rubbing the paper towel across the drawing paper after blending other areas.
This is the last From the Drawing Board update for 2013, so I offer it with early Christmas greetings and anticipation of a new year of drawing. Inside and out.
Early Christmas greetings to you and happy drawing.