Working in a Series: Tootsie Pop Portraits

December 16, 2016


Above: Brush pen, Daniel Smith watercolor (on the Tootsie Pop) and Schmincke Horadam gouache background. In the Seawhite of Brighton square sketchbook I was using earlier this year. Sides masked with Nichiban Artist’s tape.

I love Tootsie Pops. For years I couldn’t get them because we lived in Australia. They speak of very early childhood to me. Grape and Orange are the only two flavors I’ll eat. (We all have to draw the line somewhere.)

Over the past several years I’ve drawn a lot of different suckers or lollipops. I never tire of it. I keep thinking that if I had more time I would draw more of them, and I would do them as “regular” paintings in a series outside the journal.

But then every day I start to think that way and buy one, bring it home, and start doing studies in my journal to get ready for that final painting…

…well I find the model seems to disappear after a couple poses.

    • bilby
    • December 16, 2016

    I am always amazed at your dedication to your craft. To dedicate time to draw/paint Tootsie Pops takes it to a whole new level. I am always cheered when I go to your blog. From drawing from TV to Fake Journal to online workshops and a zillion other things I am beginning to suspect that you have clones at your disposal. Or at least you are twins. :-). Keep up the good work. It’s inspiring. Oh, and I forgot, your elder care for family. Amazing!!!

    • Sharon Nolfi
    • December 17, 2016

    I’m with you on orange, but never grape! Cherry is my very favorite, though. Great idea for a series.

  1. Reply

    Sharon, Cherry tastes too much like cough drops from my childhood for me.

  2. Reply

    Thanks bilby, I do get a lot done, but I feel pretty much like a slug. I always ask What Would Charles Do? (Charles Dickens, who was tremendously productive—or Trollope for that matter.) Have you read my post about J.M. Turner? I write about productivity there.
    Thanks for reading and cheering me along.

    I do not have a twin, but that does give me the idea for a new series!!!!!!

    • bilby
    • December 19, 2016

    Hi Roz, I went back and read your post on Turner. You’re right he is a good role model of productively. I’ve always loved his work. We (l/me) often forget what it takes to reach those levels of competence, even for those with immense talent. It’s a reminder to “press on.” Cheers, bill b. I recall you spent time in Australia, so you know what a bilby is. 🙂

  3. Reply

    bilby, yes I do know what a bilby is but didn’t know if you were from Australia.

    And yes, we have to press on!!!!


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