|11/26/13 Still life S T U. Platinum Carbon ink, Van Gogh watercolors, Stillman & Birn|
I had exactly a half-hour before I had to leave for an appointment. Did I have enough time for a still life? Not really, but I had all the objects ready to go, so I decided to treat it the same way I often treat urban sketches – draw and paint to the level of detail that fits the amount of time available. (Tip: Having the space heater on full blast dries paint quickly.) Twenty-eight minutes later, I was done: Still life S T U in my alphabetical series.
(The U stumped me for a while. I could have used an umbrella, but I wanted something that would fit on the same scale as the other two objects. Of course, “Urban Sketchers” was the first thing that came to mind, but how to put that into a still life. . . ? A quick look around my studio was all it took.)