Odd Lady

Here is a photo my husband took of me in July in Slaughter Beach, Delaware. I was not posing like this; he was just snapping some photos and caught me in this position. Well, why not immortalize it in pen and ink, I said to myself one night while lying on the sofa watching TV and getting ready to draw something.

So I did, giving it the time it deserved – about 30 seconds each. A couple of tiny blind contour drawings. I am fascinated by how this kind of drawing develops images that are strangely true and yet very far from reality.

18 thoughts on “Odd Lady

  1. Robin King

    Haaa! Love these! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ And yes – wow – blind contour drawings can be incredibly powerful. You’ve just inspired me to do some today. (Btw re “old lady:” I don’t know how old you are but you look a LOT younger than I do! πŸ™ƒ) πŸ€—πŸ‘‹

  2. Nancy Bell Scott

    “Strangely true and yet very far from reality” — how true! And charming, too. I love that scribble in the second one. This is such a good reminder that I don’t always need to be at the art table, surrounded by hundreds of collage papers + scraps + paints + pens + glues, to work at art. Thanks, Claudia.

  3. Robin King

    ::runs back:: Wow – I’m so sorry! I read this post before I hadmy coffee – saw the title as “Old” not “Odd.” Please ignore the second half of my earlier comment!! πŸ˜³πŸ€—

  4. memadtwo

    When I first saw the title I read it as “Our Lady”–and so you are. Great gestural drawings.
    Far from being old, you are our lady of inspiration (check out my response on the kick-about when I reblog it later today) (k)

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. Well, I did color in the sunglasses by looking at them. The rest, I just go really slowly and let my hand follow my eye as I go around the figure.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I think the blind contour method of drawing gets you very close to what the subject really is – you don’t make judgements, just follow what you see. I like doing it.

      1. Nancy Bell Scott

        That is a wonderful description of what the blind contour method does, Claudia. You’ve got me wanting to do it now, after unintentionally forgetting about it for the past 20 years.

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