Couldn’t see the sheep’s eyes and couldn’t remember if the pupils are horizontal or vertical, so it got both. ✨
In southern California, there are a few seeds that assert themselves in late summer as things get drier. A lot of prickly, pointy things that stick to you or make themselves known in more painful ways.
A few of them were fun to play with as a kid. If you pick at the center of a dry burclover seedpod and pinch the end of it in your fingers, you can pull it away until all that’s left are a few seeds and one long coil of tiny spikes. Filaree seeds wind up tight to make a little drill when peeled away from the plant. And you can make foxtails travel on their own if you put your forearms together from wrist to elbow, hands facing up, and then have a friend place one on your wrists with the point facing you. Rub your forearms back and forth and it will travel down your arms.
But some seeds were just annoying. If you went for a walk through a field, chances are you’d come out with your socks and shoelaces absolutely covered in hedge parsley hitchhikers. Sandbur and puncturevine were the worst. Puncturevine has a few other nicknames. Goat’s Head, for the shape of the seed pod sections, and caltrop. It often grows on the dry, sandy areas near the beach making it particularly perilous for the bare-footed.
Yesterday I went to my second life drawing session at Host.
See drawings from previous session on 26.09.18
2 min warmup. Way too idealised, feels cartoon-y.
5 min warmup. Hard pose to hold!
10 min. Proportions are too exaggerated, but I like the continuous line.
20 minute. Interesting light source.
20 minute. Probably one of the most foreshortened figures I’ve ever tried to draw.
20 minute. Frustrated with the head/face, but like the overall effect of the line.
Looking forward to life drawing classes every Wednesday at Host.
These are some drawings from the 26.09.18 session. The last time I did life drawing was in 2010.
2 minute warmup
5 minute warmup
5 minute warmup
Detail from a graphite drawing completed late last year
One of many line drawings by my great-grandmother Alta Quick, probably used for embroidery.
Part way through a commissioned drawing of a Yorkshire farmhouse. Finished it back in May, was a lot of fun to do a detailed piece of drawing again.
iPad drawing of Sam on a freezing cold train back from Liverpool Biennial in 2012.