01/07/2005: "Taking source photographs for paintings"
My friend Julie stopped by tonight after hockey practice. She's agreed to pose for me this weekend while I take some photographs for the show that I'm working on that has to do with blue grass instruments and the female form. So, problem is, I don't have many bluegrass instuments personally. I was hoping the proprietor of the local string shop would let me take some shots in his shop.
She'll hold the instrument, I'll position her and then take photos. I might also need to bring my easle lamp to try and get more dramatic shadows. I want to play around with extreme perspectives and ciaroscuro etc. I hope the owner is cooperative. I remember when I first got my guitar I called him to ask if he'd help me tune it because I didn't know how and he acted like I was a freak.
I'll be sure to call and clear it with him first. If that doesn't work out, I can make some rough models of the instruments for her to hold, mostly it's the positions themselves, how the hands are held, the kneck, etc. I can always photoshop the instruments into the thumbnails after the fact if I need to.
So, taking a poll, how many people work from photographs, how many work from thumbnail sketches, and how many just pull stuff fresh from their noggins? I'm a little bit of column A. and a little bit of column C.
I'm worried because these paintings are still not clear in my mind yet. I'm hoping that if I shoot the photos, the painting images will be along shortly.
I haven't been drawing much since I've been back, I have started back to my step aerobics class though. Damn I'm in crappy shape. Oh yah, I'm going to buy a HealthMate Jr. air cleaner for my studio. It supposedly takes POVs out of the air from solvents etc. I think Jackie reccommended some system awhile back but I can't remember, and I really need something if I want to keep working with oils. Particularly since I'm going to be working more with turpentine and other mediums and I can't open the windows in the winter. (all my skrimping with the heat has really paid off though, my oil bill was almost half of what it was when I used to actually keep my place warm).
Which reminds me, I'm back into knitting again. Making scarves for presents as it's the only thing I know how to make besides pointy hats.
Hmmm, it was nice getting to hang out and drink beers with Julie tonight. I'm still a little buzzed actually. We listened to one of the CDs I got from my Mixed CD Project of last year (ask me if you want to participate) and the music sounds *really* good. Like when you can feel it in your chest, similar to the sensation of warmth that radiates down your throat and into your tummy after drinking a glass of red wine.
mmmm, red wine tastes good.