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Quick Self-Portrait for a gray day

by Caroline , June 27, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: ink, making art, portrait, the artist's life

This drawing in black and white is a modified contour drawing all completed in a single line through to the signature. It is an introspective view of a short haired woman wearing a vee-necked shirt and is a far distance from photo-realism.

I chose to add this portrait my artid page today because it feels a bit like the world around me. Black and white--but unlike the protrait, mostly gray. Notice the big eyes? They have been widened to see the horizon so often that they may be stuck in the mode seen here, which actually came from looking up into the mirror as I drew on a flat surface. Or maybe I'm in perpetural squint from the eyestrain. While I'm not endangered by any fire by a long shot, smoke from the northern California fires has darkened the skies and make the distances look foggy for five days now. Stinging eyes, loss of appetite, mild headaches, and occasional coughing make an appearance from time to time--and I'm nowhere near in the worst areas. I also don't have asthma or any other respiratory diseases--just moderate hay fever type allergies.

Our daughter and son-in-law moved from Sacramento to Santa Cruz a couple of months ago. This is a great joy to me. She has asthma and would be in worse conditions than we are if she was in her old home. Now she has sea coast air.

The cats and dogs around us are laying low.

This has not been a productive art week. Just taking care of the necessities of life use up all my ambition. Even after viewing the Pastel Society of the West Coast's fabulous show at the Haggin Museum in Stockton last Friday, I haven't felt inspired. What a whine!! Blue skies will return one day, but as my 85 year old mother said, "I've never seen it like this here before, and I've been around a long time."




  Zander Lassen ( homepage )

06/29/2008 * 22:09:40

Hi Caroline- Thank you for your recent blog post. It was very personal and really gave a feel for your working environment and the daily challenges that artists face and I love the drawing- Zander

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