Drawn from life. I put the finishing touches on this one after I got home last night. I am content with the out come. Conte’ Crayons on Brown Canson Pastel Paper. 12×19″
It’s a Holiday tradition in my family to make Lefse. A Norwegian treat, made from potatoes, cream, flour, and “Oleo.” What is Oleo? Why, it’s butter. Lefse looks a tortilla, but has a more delicate texture and a potato flavor. Served, rolled up with butter and brown sugar or just about anything. Pictured here is my Daughter, Niece, and Mother. I’m behind the lens, as usual.
It felt like a doodly day for play. I took out my sketch book, some vine charcoal, and a kneadable eraser. Tucked my inner critic away, and let intuition rule day.
The vine charcoal is good for manipulating like paint. Applying it, smearing it, and erasing it. The kneadable eraser is like applying white paint. I went back and forth from dark to light, molding the image to what I saw, and where at any given moment. Then do it all over again, changing it and refining it. When it feels finished I spray it with fixative. What does it mean? Read into it, what you may. 😉
We had our model pose to draw his back. I would have liked his arm down, but others were trying to give him an action pose. I don’t think it worked so well. Maybe I’ll have to try putting something in his hand. It was held up by a pole for his comfort. I will let it simmer until I come up with an idea. I was pleased that I got it all drawn and shaded within the 1.5 hours that we usually have to work. Hard Pastel on Brown Canson Paper 19.5″ x 12.5″.