Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Pencil Sharpener

My little round iron pencil sharpener

I have a "running" nose, sniff, and my left brain is empty. Ideal condition for continuing the exercises. This is something we did in artschool, also while drawing nudes.
It is done on a Moleskine page which I cut out of the notebook, to smoothen the line in the middle. I held the little object in my right hand while I draw it from different angles with my left hand (non dominant) , (ink pen) not looking onto the paper, (only between shifting angles). Afterwards I put watercolour on with the right hand.
Have a nice day, here in Paris it is grey and it rains, sniff sniff atishoo, hatschi, hatchoum (resp. English/German/French sneezing:)

27 comments:

Martine said...

You pour girl.
Thanks for teaching me international sniffing. Get better soon.
Love Martine

Mim said...

sorry for the cold but your drawings and watercolors are still so cheerful and wonderful - !

yvette said...

hold your bacils there with you please...I love these watercolour works, and those works on your husbands work..wow...ot..my language translation button works at last, so you don't have to learn dutch

Meg Wolff said...

Nice drawing/painting for someone who is feeling "under the weather". Hope you are btter soon.

Cestandrea said...

Martine, what may it be in Dutch, sneezing I mean?
thanks so much for the nice comment:)

Cestandrea said...

mim, hi, and you are so sweet,thanks, and what a luck that we have our painting colours even when outside they are less bright right now under the rain, don't your think?

Cestandrea said...

yvette, ok ok, I keep my germs (well, I guess they are not really mine, someone must have passed them on to me:), thanks for your uplifting comments:)- so glad about that language translation button...

Cestandrea said...

Meg, thanks and thanks for the expression "under the weather"!
love
Andrea

Kim said...

Oh Andrea, I am so sorry you have a cold and are feeling blah. I wish I were there to make you tea and soup to help you get through this. ARGH Well, I know you are in good hands with your husband to take good care of you.

I love this painting a lot. The lines are so alive and the colors really appeal to me a lot. Of course how can you not like working on that moleskine paper? It is so yummy. I wonder if they would sell it in packs? :)

I hope you feel a lot better very soon.

Cestandrea said...

Kim Hi, thanks so much oh I'd love that, tea and soup and a little philosophying in a cosy corner somewhere....I'm already better when I can chat a bit here in blogland! And I went to Meg's blog a minute ago and joined her in an "anticomplainweek", isn't that wonderful?:):)

The Moleskine: I wrote them a mail to their contact address of their European Website to ask whether they have packs of this paper, never got any answer....Should try again perhaps, cause who knows where emails end up these days,
love
Andrea

sukipoet said...

I like the way the colors unify the picture. It is so interesting to see how you use color on your drawings. The color is not always specific to the item drawn but more a painting in itself in some ways.

Hope your cold is better now. Be well, suki

Cestandrea said...

Suki hi, thank you for the well wishes and you are so right about that the colour is not specific to the item drawn, in this cas specially, I just observe lights and shadows and then take the colours intuitively and put them on, with an eye on the overall composition. It is funny how I love this "otherhand" feeling that one can get away so very far from the original object, but it is still there in the painting. I love also that we can get very abstrakt by using this technique.
love
Andrea

Lynn said...

La Breoot (be well in Hebrew!) ;-)
sorry you are feeling 'under the weather'...(did you know that one?)
Hope you will be well soon.

I like all your drawings and paintings no matter how crazy looking like this one! ;-)

WILSONART said...

To me this work feels like your sunny personlity, trying to break through your cloudy rainy day,and your cold.The pencil sharpner your sneezes.
This whole week is the same here, gray, rainy,,,gosh, I guess it feels like Paris, what a nice thought that is!
Feel better, and don't forget to "starve a cold, feed a fever",,,or is it the other way around,,,,,,I can never remember,,,,

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Oh I hope your feeling better. There is a bug going on around here too. So far we have by passed it. Fun drawing. looks like a tornado with objects swirling around in the wind. :))

Cestandrea said...

lynniskynni, now I learned "under the weather" and La Breoot:)
so glad you like all my crazy things too:)

Cestandrea said...

Babs, thank you for the funny sunny interpretation of my painting:) I guess you are right! And the rain goes on, people all running around trying to poke other peoples eyes out with those umbrellas:):) (me too:)
love
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

Cris:) thanks for the wishes, oh it is only a cold, I take tons of vitamins and "wash" the nose:)
Nice description too of the paintint, oh yes a tornado:)

San said...

Andrea, I've been seeing some other bloggers working with this practice of using the non-dominant hand and I find it so interesting, especially holding the subject, gleaning cues from its feel.

What you did with your pencil sharpener is delightfully complex.

Feel better...

Peter J. Crowley said...

God bless you. Now get a cup of chicken soup. Like your exercises and the recent Metro head. enjoy pjc

differenceayearmakes said...

What I find amazing is that once you know what something is you can see it - maybe like picasso or something.

soulbrush said...

being sick hasn't changed the fact that you are super super super...get well soon, and give us another 'sniffly' piece of art please.

Cestandrea said...

San, dear San, thanks so much for leaving this interesting comment. It is really good to switch hands from time to time, and change things we always do in the same way. I feel that this doesn't only apply to painting...
love
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

Peter, thanks and you are the second one prescribing chicken soup! I think I have to obey now:)
love
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

differenceayearmakes: I love your sentence, sounds so wise and true and great!
love
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

Soulbrush, I blush, oh la la what a compliment:) That does me good it tickles the little "affirmation-box" in my brain and this helps to chase the cold, :):)thanks so much,
love
Andrea

human being said...

what a beautiful chaos!
seems true artists' senses are always sharp even when the've got a running nose...
love to you Andrea