Above: Quick brush pen sketch of Dick lying on the couch. Some watercolor washes were added, and then the background laid in with a pink Montana Marker. In a 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia. (I had to scan it multiple times and stitch it together and the bottom left didn't get scanned.)
After I'd written the posts for last week I realized I'd left this sketch of Dick out of the sequence and I like it, and you can read a conversation we had.
I've got some local classes running through November and I've been prepping and gathering materials and printing handouts and such things. Sketching Dick in the evening has proven a great way for me to relax (he hasn't mentioned it's a horrible burden to him). You'll be seeing more of the color experiments in the coming days. Then once my schedule lightens up I'll probably loose interest in sketching Dick and turn back to dogs or birds. I'm fickle that way. He's come to expect it. There's a lovely line in "Guarding Tess" where Shirley MacLaine, playing the widow of a U.S. president is trailed by her Secret Service Men in the grocery store. She asks for a price on a can of peas and the agent next to her calls the manager. There's a bunch more funny business I won't detail, but the scene ends with MacLaine walking away and the agent relaying to the manager: "She's lost interest in peas. Repeat, lost interest in peas."
Dick says that to me all the time when I turn my attention to something else.
Actually if you haven't seen "Guarding Tess" written and directed by Hugh Wilson (who did "WKRP in Cincinnati") you have a real treat ahead of you. It's a funny movie that at the center has some great chemistry between Nicolas Cage (playing the lead agent in charge of guarding Tess) and MacLaine.