Tuesday, February 28, 2012

South Philly Girl, January

graphite on paper

I was intrigued with the alert pose of this child, watching some aspect of the Mummers parade.

Working in graphite this past week has made me realize how much I miss drawing. I'd like to spend at least one day a week drawing from now on- in a way it clears my head and is a nice change from the goop of paint- and then painting is nicer to come back to after a break. My brushes have arrived so I'll get out the palette.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Study of a Waitress

graphite on paper

Out of brushes, I spent the day on a study for a painting. This woman is a waitress at Philadelphia's busy Reading Terminal Market, pausing to write down an order midst a constant stream of people.

My brushes have been getting more and more fudgy, so I threw them all away after my last painting. Shortly after that my camera died. No camera, no brushes- I took this as a sign to take a break from art for a few days.  The camera I ordered arrived yesterday, but I'm still waiting for the brushes.

I've been using Utrecht series 214 and 215 brights and rounds since...well, since the 80s. I love them- well, I HAVE loved them- like a second set of fingers, until the Utrecht representative told me over the phone that they are "not making them anymore". I've ordered some 239s, and I sure hope they'll work well- does anyone care to share what their favorite brush is? I'd love to hear!