I'm giving drawing lessons to a friend.
In exchange, she is coaching me
on my organizational issues & unfinished art projects.
We began by looking at drawings of Felix Topolski
in his book Paris Lost: A Sketchbook of the 30's.
We used viewfinders to isolate small sections
to observe the variety & sensitivity of his graphic marks.
I'm in awe of so-called scribbles that
are an integral part of many drawings.
We then made a sheet of our own marks using
a chopstick with simple fountain pen ink.
My friend was interested in creating a card with a rose theme
for her friend Rosie's family.
I happened to have a vase of roses nearby!
A simple, gestural interpretation emerged
on my marks sheet.
I cut it out to separate it.
And added Prismacolor color.
V.'s was beautifully alive, almost shimmering.
A lovely experience, relaxed & focused,
with Andrea Bocelli in the background,
because V. is an opera afficionado.
Thank You, Friend V.!