Saturday, September 22, 2007

Mixer Trixer

MIXER TRIXER - Is the name my Sons give to a drink when they pour more than one flavour juice into a glass before diluting with water.

Friday day time involved many trips here and there, weekly grocery shop, lunch, three loads of washing, washing the floors, polishing and dinner preparation...amongst other things!
These are the kind of days where we can make excuses and say we never had time to do anything creative... but could we?
How about those coffee breaks?
Well I decided to make good use of my time Friday, regardless of what other chores the world threw my way.

These two portraits occurred while taking such coffee breaks. I set my mobile phone alarm for 25 mins, so I didn't get too distracted as I often do...Hours seem to pass by in the studio like some kind of time tunnel. Working quickly I set about the watercolour blocking in warms and cools, highlights and darks and then grabbed a charcoal pencil and defined a little after it was dry.
With the acrylic I went straight in with a mix of Payne's Grey and Titanium White, blocking values until some kind of likeness appeared.

Both unique, neither masterpieces but oh, so much better than nothing at all!

Oh, and at Robyn's request...

'Wonderful life in your eyes, Anita. Now you've planted the idea, I want to see one of your actually having a little chomp on your bottom lip.'

...I am biting my lip in the acrylic!

Self portrait - Acrylic on oil paper - 25 mins
Self portrait - Watercolour & charcoal on Arches HP - 25 mins


Laurel Neustadter said...

Squeezing in quickie art sessions is a really good idea. It seems it has the added benefit of forcing one to focus and decide what is really important ... as opposed to fiddling with details. Think I'll try it.

Unknown said...

I am really enjoying your portraits- they each capture a different feel. Paint more! :)

Robyn Sinclair said...

Thank you for indulging me, Anita. And I think the portrait works a treat - so much expression. I continue to be totally in awe of the way you fit your art around your busy life, or fit your busy life around your art. ;) You are an inspiration.

Fighter Jet said...

How do you do them so perfectly!

Anita Davies said...

I think it's an excellent learning tool for those exact reasons Laurel.
Thanx for popping by!

Anita Davies said...

Thankyou Christeen!

Anita Davies said...

Thankyou so much Santosh, such a compliment. :)

Anita Davies said...

Robyn, you're welcome!
Thankyou so much. To be an inspiration to others is such a wonderful thing. The encouragement I receive here drives me on, I am most grateful.

Kathleen said...

I am so impressed how you fit so much art into your life - these are beautiful sketches - thanks for sharing your tips -