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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Before Maggie came into our lives we had two dogs who lived to ripe old ages. I sketched them hundreds of times and knew every line and angle that was necessary to capture them in a drawing. We've had Maggie for 2 1/2 years and during that time I've been concentrating on painting "en plein air" a French phrase meaning "in the open air". A fancy way to say I paint outside! As a result I haven't gotten to "know" Maggie with pen and paper yet and I'm not really able capture her "look". In this series of sketches she's sleeping on the floor, I think in the sketch on the right side I'm beginning to get the hang of drawing her.

Black marker and walnut ink.

1 comment:

Freiluftmaler said...

Hi Jan,
I like your drawings very much, in particular this dog portrait.
But also the birds nests are wonderful.