October 26, 2018

THE PILOTS


Two WWII Flyers on break between sorties:  Charcoal on rolled paper, 3x3.  Owned by BDMK.
           
One of the first classes I took when I went back to college was an upper level drawing class.  One of the first things I learned out there in the real world was to crop the image so it made more sense and pushed the image into drama. 

The photograph I worked from showed two men dozing under a wing of their aircraft.  It was a wide and all-encompassing image showing the plane and the landscape all around the plane.  I remember getting the image tighter then tighter until only the men were left.  Looking at the drawing today, I’m pleased.  I might even know who those men were.  I think we can all clearly see how tired they are.

It was about this time, I bought a giant roll of paper.  It was eight feet wide, and years long.  Instead of the small intimate pen and ink doodles I had been doing for years, my work began to grow colorful and very large.  Layers of acrylic wash lived under pastel marks and gestures.  Most of those were a little simple but they weren’t boring.
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  • Himself:  Work is lighter and he isn’t taking it too seriously.  He also slept an hour more than usual and skipped the gym.
  • Myself:  Still very happy with the MRI results, and the blood test results.  My fasting blood sugar is well within the normal range.  I’m also trying to find a simple beach sketch that’s not damaged to show you, but can’t find one anywhere.
  • Reading:  Finished that DE Stevenson which fell apart in my hands.
  • Gratitude’s:  Filled with it for both of us.



7 comments:

  1. Love the charcoal, Mage. Fantastic work! Have a great weekend!

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  2. Bravo! And yes, I hear the same advice about cropping -- whether in camera or in post. Camera is preferable, but we don't always get it right, so later has to do.

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  3. Goodness... I wouldn't know where to look for paper 8' wide, but what a treasure to have--an endless supply of blank canvas to use whenever the urge to lay pen to paper strikes! Good for G to sleep in; sleep is every bit as important as exercise, and sometimes even more so. Hugs and love to you both!

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    1. Blick...the art supply store or any student art store on any campus. LOL

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  4. Love your description of paper 8 feet wide and years long. That is like money in the bank. Enjoy unrolling it.

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    1. I did. There was enough to make two whole one women shows out of it. :)

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