Friday, 5 November 2010

The Long Black Coat

I don't know if this is just a reflection of the mood I'm in or whether I just saw the graphic potential of her Long Black Coat with Fur Collar?

Since I can't get to Life Drawing Group at the moment and being perpetually skint, I have "employed" my darling wife to model for me once-a-week:

Pose #1, Charcoal on cartridge paper, A2.

Pose #2, Charcoal on cartridge paper, A2.

Pose #3, Charcoal on cartridge paper, A2.

Well, I might as well get something for the nine-and-sixpence SHE paid for the marriage license!


myra plus paint plus degas said...

fantastic drawings! she's a wonderful model!

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Wheesht Myra, she'll be wanting paid in real money instead of the chocolate pennies I have been giving her!

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Melinda said...

Love this series. Your wife is beautiful and patient, and chocolate is good payment!

Looks like you're back in the saddle and inspired. I've been out of town for awhile, so I had no idea you've been working so diligently. Great to see.

daviddrawsandpaints said...

You girls are so easily swayed by chocolate!

My wife is much more beautiful than I can portray, Melinda, and as for patience she needs a constant supply of coffee on hand or she wouldn't stand for two minutes.

As for being back "in the saddle" I think I've got on facing backwards. Lost my mojo for painting and have gone back to 1975 to find it again through drawing.

Always enjoy your visits and can still hear that cool guitaring of yours calming my fevered brow.
You are a woman of many talents!

my croft said...

If you don't mind a "reminds me of" comment -- these put me in mind a bit of Whistler's Velazquez-inspired portraits, especially the portrait of Rosa Corder.

I have Whistler on the mind lately, trying to push through to the end of a draft of a novel about one of his models. (I've been trying to do that for a

Thanks for commenting over at the croft the other day -- it helped break me out of my annual "October sucks" doldrums.

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

And who was it that said chivalry was dead? Very sensitively done with lovely tonal contrasts, I like these a lot.

daviddrawsandpaints said...

"Reminds me of" is a real learning experience, Melanie.
Googled Rosa Corder and am astonished by Whistlers painting, and also the others "Pink" and "Grey". I'm only pleased you didn't refer to the "Artists Mother" as my muse would be a trifle upset!

Now this is the basic problem for me: when I look at these paintings I wish I could paint like Whistler - and consider doing so. But how's already been done. I've come so far in my expressionist leanings it would be a travesty for me to abandon all and set off in that other direction. I need to be firm and stay on my own course.

I would love to hear of the models perspective. Let me know when you are ready to reveal your work to Neanderthals like of me.

I have found that "October sucks" just like any other month - if you let it. Take it from me , cause I know. You and me need to support one another through daily living.
You are doing good things and I appreciate it.

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Lisa from Dorset! god I wish I lived there - the sea, the sky, the temperature ten degrees warmer than Glasgow!!!

Aye, chivalry ain't dead in my books - I even held the door open for her at the Registry Office :o)

I really appreciate you venturing back to chez moi AND commenting. You are a wee angel!

my croft said...

He was born a few decades too soon, but I think Whistler was reaching for Abstract Expressionism. Some of the nocturnes are almost like Rohtko.

Been to the Hunterian lately? (tell me so I can go all pale with envy)

daviddrawsandpaints said...

I have indeed been to the Huntarian earlier this year, but just so's you aint totally green with envy it was to see an exhibition of prints by Edvard Munch (god, I'm envious of myself when I think about it again!) Great stuff.

I think I was born a few centuries too soon :o(

Ann said...

Nice art work, beautiful drawings.

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Thank you very much, Ann...and thank you very much for commenting!