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For now, a drawing

Bike on the Beach

This nice guy parked his bike in front of me while I was sitting on the rocks by Sea Gate at Coney Island. I was clearly taking photographs, but he didn’t seem to care and I liked what I saw in my viewfinder, so he has become another one of my walk-in-front-of-me subjects.

"Marie Buloz Pailleron," John Singer Sargent, 1879, oil on canvas, Corcoran Collection.

“Marie Buloz Pailleron,” John Singer Sargent, 1879, oil on canvas, Corcoran Collection.

Drawing this over two sessions has proved to be a challenge, especially the ellipses of the bike wheels, but I think I nailed them with some perseverance and a few erasures. His facial features were easier to draw! I will eventually turn to my paints and get this one going as a watercolor, but I’m going to leave this at the drawing stage and move on to other paintings. I’m enjoying the grid mixing in with the bike and the beach horizons; the linear quality of the pencil is enough for now.

What I’m looking at John Singer Sargent Portraits of Artists and Friends at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Last night I visited this exhibit of 92 paintings and drawings, including a gallery of watercolors, and left moved by the emotional quality of the works. Studying Sargent leaves me with an unspoken sense that there’s a lot more work to do as an artist.

July 2015
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 21″ x 14″

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2 thoughts on “For now, a drawing

  1. I like seeing the drawing. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Joy Makon on said:

    Thanks Leslie. He might just stay as a drawing! Hope you’re having a good summer.

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