Saturday, November 07, 2009

The Menu - original oil pastel figurative sketch by Connie Chadwell

The couple studied the menu for quite awhile. Very intent on getting just the right dish, I think. This 9 x 12" painting is on Art Spectrum Colourfix paper in black. It has this wonderfully gritty finish that is difficult to cover completely, so I don't try too hard to get it smooth. I really like the black bits peeking through, as well as the way the colors show up on the deep black surface. This sketch/painting is not very "finished", but I decided to leave it alone.
We're having such wonderful weather here in the Texas Hill Country now, that it's hard to stay inside and do art. I keep saying that I'll do some landscapes since the weather is so nice, but driven as I am to draw people, just never get around to it - so, off to the places where people hang out. Something to do, I guess, with my obsession with figures and faces.
Back in my studio to work some more on the piece, I listen to George Jones. Yeah, I know, I should be listening to Mozart, but I just love the "soul" in country music.
Thanks for stopping by Hackberry Street Studio!


Cyndy Carstens said...

Hey Connie, Sorry it has been so long since I've left a comment. I do see all your posts and am a genuine fan. I am fascinated by how wonderful your "conversations" intrigue and tell a story. Beautiful job, as always. Cyndy

Connie said...

Thank you very much, Cyndy. It's great to see you here - I'm so glad you stopped by!

Don Gray said...

Beautiful, Connie. That figure moving off the lower corner gives it a Degas-like quality.

Connie said...

Wow, Don! Thank you so much and thanks for visiting my blog!