Monday, December 15, 2008

Metroheads: Full House

Métro Parisien: Vendredi 13, 2008


Here they are: Tired from the week. Most of them do not work on Saturday and Sunday (at least I wish them that) so the weekend begins right now. People try not to look into each others' eyes, they are in need of privacy. They want to go home, perhaps already decorate the Christmas tree with the festoons and Christmas balls, be with their family, relax.


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28 comments:

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

oh how I would get that closed in feeling there having to be in that crowd daily. How do you manage? Love that last drawing. So wonderful.

Cestandrea said...

Cris, thank you for your comment and your question...well, I guess I only manage cause I draw the people. But sometimes I just sit and do not draw. Then I have the impression, that I draw the people with my eyes. I see every shadow in their faces, all the lines and things that makes them a caracter, and I even imagine the pressure I'd have to use if my eyes were a crayon or a brush or a pen:)
So I don't get claustrophobic...

Artist Unplugged said...

Enjoy your sketches and paintings, these are no disappointment! How long are you traveling on the metro each ride?

Martine said...

I was in the Paris metro last summer and enjoyed every minute of it. Never got claustrophobic in the full house.

Peter J. Crowley said...

Is this a holiday rush or are always surrounded? Your solo people Metro Heads are so well isolated. wonderful. enjoy pjc

~Babs said...

Wonderful paintings Andrea,,,but that last one is REALLY fab!
Love the color,,,

(I might have a problem feeling all squished together too)

Kim said...

Hi Andrea, you know I adore your Metroheads and the last woman is excellent as a painting. You really have a way with dark skin which is so very appealing.

As long as I do not have to do this every day, I am just fine with the crowd of the Metro. Here in Washington, we are at the end of one line...so it all thins out nicely as we go along.

Thanks Andrea!

Love,

Kim

sukipoet said...

Dear andrea. I love seeing the crowd. It has been so many years since I lived where there are crowds I dont know how I'd react. I like what you say about yourself though, just drawing or watching and imagining keeps you from feeling penned in. :)

Andrea, you have to be a follower of my blog from your own blogger dashboard. You must add in my URL to your "followers" list there on your own blog, you will see it on the dashboard. I'm not sure if this makes sense?? If not I'll try again to explain with some other words so let me know. Well, I will know as your picture will pop up on my blog under my followers.

Lynn said...

Since watching your wonderful treasures of captured people, metro heads, in pen and ink and color I have drawers envy. I find myself looking at my clients as we talk or they talk and I listen and wanting so badly to move my pen on the note taking paper to draw their faces, expressions, hair, noses, eyes instead of the words I must write there instead. Sometimes I sneak a line here or there in a margin...trying to be like Andrea! ;-)

Heidi Alfonzo said...

Absolutely stunning, and I will second everyone who said that the last painting is the most special!

soulbrush said...

you do so well at people watching, and the stories that go with the art are wonderful, liked the cat one too. hugs.

yvette said...

exhausted, lonely people, the madness of x-mass

Dianne said...

You have captured the crowd feeling so well, I experience it every time in London when we visit and really hate the claustrophobic feeling. I love that you incorporate a feeling/emotion in your metroheads, you must have a very empathetic nature.
Drawing with the eyes is a great way to feed your visual memory, you are so positive to do this while squashed in with all those people.

Cestandrea said...

ARtist Unplugged: I have approx. 40 minutes each ride, so enough time to get lost in drawing, though sometimes it's not possible when too crowded.

Cestandrea said...

Martine, I only get a teensy little bit claustrophobic when the metro stops in the middle of the tunnel and the lights go out because of an electricity cut, that happens rather often and I'm always very happy when the car starts to move again:)

Cestandrea said...

Peter, it's not really a Holiday rush, it's often like that at rush hour and at special times in the year, let's say from September to March/April it is always crowded. I have the good luck to travel at noon and at 5:30 in the evening whe'n it is not yet too crowded...

Cestandrea said...

Babs: Thanks for the comment and compliment on the third image, I love to paint skin, dark skin is a challenge and wants even more colours than clear skin...

Cestandrea said...

Kim, thanks so much and I think you can get used to a lot of things, but sometimes it's your mood which will decide if you can stand it or not, the crowd I mean. When I'm nervous and stressed, then it is definitely NOT good! That is why I try to get out early in the morning to do some walking in the air, so that I can travel the metro with stoicism:)

Cestandrea said...

Suki thanks so much for your comment and for your explanations which helped me to become your follower at last:) !
I like the impression "penned in":)

Cestandrea said...

Lynn, you make me laugh cause I see your innocent clients who have no idea that they are studied closely, the shape of their nose is registered by your eyes and pencil:)

Cestandrea said...

Heidi, thanks so much for you kind comment, this is so motivating to show you my daily doodles and drawings:)

Cestandrea said...

Soulbrush, thanks so much for commenting - I think of you and that you are in a warm place right now:)

Cestandrea said...

Yvette, yes you are so right, there is somethin mad about people preparing Christmas, anxious not to have everything ready, not to have the "right" gift, not to do enough....enough is never enough?

Cestandrea said...

Dianne, your comment is so thoughtful and makes me think of the fact that sometimes I am full of agression too, but then, when I draw someone, it's as if those unnerving agressive emotions topple over and become something else...As we observe and watch, we become emphathetic, I think, we hop into the other's shoes...

klaproos said...

thanks for walking with me,you are a pleasure to talk with :-)

i like the 3th painting very much
would put it on my wall immediately :-)

Mim said...

the bottom one is especially amazing

Cestandrea said...

Klaproos, I plan to put print of my metroheads in my Etsy shop soon...

Cestandrea said...

Mim, thanks so much for visiting! I think this woman in the third painting impressed me because of her calm and happy expression on her face.