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Thursday, December 19, 2013

the ESSENCE of Yogi....


(drawing of Yogi by Gary Rith)
OK, so the last 2 days I have told you I have been trying to do brush drawings that are NOT detailed, just a few strokes to capture a picture, right?
You know I babysit Yogi sometimes, we walk, run, he comes over to play with our cat and dog.  He is covered with adorable curls!  Therefore, a series of curls, just a few, captures Yogi.
What I realize about a drawing method like this:  what you do is think...in a different language.  Let's say you practice speaking German....then when you arrive in Berlin you flip a switch in your brain "OK, now I am going to try to think and speak in German".  It is the same, drawing like this.  It feels like you flip a switch, and look at things in a different way, does that make sense?

I freaked out a little Monday.  I had all these orders to ship, TEXAS!  ENGLAND!!!! And the purchasers are like "yeah, this will get here in time for Christmas, right?"
 and I am like *gulp*....
do you think the PO can get a package to Texas or England from NY in a week....????????????????????
my wife tells me not to worry about it
"hey, they paid...you shipped, you did your part!!!!!"
*gulp!*

You can see Yogi came with me to the PO....YES, I have a Swiss post bag to carry parcels to the PO, suits our weather, right?
Have an awesome Thursday!


6 comments:

bartster said...

Capturing the essence must be tricky...you succeed and your analogy about thinking in another language makes sense. Happy shipping!

knittergran said...

Oh, I see that snow and I see your boots and I hear squeaking. The kind of squeaking that hurts, like chalk on a blackboard.
Eeeeekkk!
I've been in the south too long. Pictures of snow are all I want. It's so pretty!

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

On a sled no less! I bet Yogi feels like those stuffed dogs they're selling at PetS not-so-smart. You just want to hug them. It's all I can do to not buy one for my inner grandchild. Love your take on the drawing minimal method...and keep it up!

Hilary said...

I think you did a great job of capturing Yogi's spirit. What a cutie he is.

Darlene said...

Love the Yogi drawing!

I never tire of the pictures of the two plying together :)

smalltownme said...

Gary's Essential Series. They are great!

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