I’ve been spending a lot of time in eye doctors’ offices over the past 11 months.
On mosts of those visits my eyes have been dilated right away and so I haven’t been able to sketch.
But the other day I went to a neuro-ophthalmologist and my eyes weren’t immediately dilated—so I got some sketching done.
In that waiting room I encountered the best dressed man I have ever seen. I fell immediately in love—from his checkered cap to his harlequin sweater, pinstriped gray slacks, gold socks and his black and brown saddle shoes.
In the first page spread you can see me warming up, trying to catch some head shapes as people pass by. Then I noticed that the man opposite me (only about 4 feet away) was reading his pamphlet, so I got in a quick sketch.
Next I sketched Dick who was sitting in a row of seats about 3 feet away, 90 degrees to me. I sketched the left-hand page of that spread.
But when I finished that I noticed that the sartorially delightful man had fallen asleep so I sketched him again and added watercolor.
You can see that in the final page spread below. He’s on the left-hand page. I painted that with watercolor. Then I left that page on the right blank so I could turn the page, and no one would notice I’d been painting people.
What you see on the right hand page of that spread is two views of the back of a short-haired woman, full body (almost) and head and shoulders. She was checking in at the allergist’s and then sitting in the row of chairs in front of me. I really find hair and winter coats interesting!
Meanwhile, at the eye-doctor after I had painted the sketch of the elegantly dressed man, they called me into to the office, dilated my eyes and when I returned I tried to sketch Dick again (see the right hand page of spread two, but that was a bust.)
Why did I bounce back and forth? Why leave the page blank on the final spread shown here, after I painted the man in the harlequin sweater? I didn’t want to start another painting opposite and close the book when they called me in to dilate my eyes. I really love that painted version of him napping and didn’t want to get wet paint on it. And some of my decision was based on wanting to stay unnoticed. People tend to notice color sketches more than ink ones.
Lately, since all the eye stuff has been going on, I also find that I often simply sketch on the page that “feels” the most comfortable for me. It’s not something I’ve ever done before. I don’t over think it.
I’ll report about the visit after the new glasses arrive.