Drawing with my eyes closed.

Drawing assignment - study an artist  and make a drawing in their style.  

I picked Willem de Kooning (I love his sculptures) who sometimes drew with his eyes closed. That sounded interesting to me and worth a try.  The truth is my eyes kept sneeking open I could not keep them shut, I needed a blind fold. De Kooning also drew lots of women. His portrayal of these women was not particularly attractive. Let's just call them Bert athletic. Below is my first attempt  of a de Kooningish sketch  with my eyes mostly (but not totally) closed. I did several but this is my favorite of the charcoal and ink drawings. 

kneeling woman with two dogs. 

kneeling woman with two dogs. 

This photo was my inspiration for these drawings. It is not really in the de Kooning vein but it is of a female (me) and I did not have to worry about hurting my own feelings. Goose is on my right he is my happy dog model, however he is still mourning the lost of his best friend and has not been happy all summer.  In my arms is Toby and she is very happy and full of puppy  energy .

This photo was my inspiration for these drawings. It is not really in the de Kooning vein but it is of a female (me) and I did not have to worry about hurting my own feelings. Goose is on my right he is my happy dog model, however he is still mourning the lost of his best friend and has not been happy all summer.  In my arms is Toby and she is very happy and full of puppy  energy .

#2

I think #2 did the best job of capturing Toby's feelings. That is probably when I opened my eyes however it is not very de Kooning ish. 

I think #2 did the best job of capturing Toby's feelings. That is probably when I opened my eyes however it is not very de Kooning ish. 

#3 needs layers  

#3 needs layers  

#3 still needs work. Notice the de Kooning squiggle arm

#3 still needs work. Notice the de Kooning squiggle arm

I understand that de Kooning drew over old drawings or paintings many times before he finished.  

 

The he following two photos inspired the additions to my #3 de Kooning ish drawing. 

U.S. Open 2015 AETNA vs Vinci. iPhone photo of my tv screen.  

U.S. Open 2015 AETNA vs Vinci. iPhone photo of my tv screen.  

What about me? I am here trying too.  

Vinci trying to win some support from the Seren's U.S. Open fans. Photo of my tv screen.  

Vinci trying to win some support from the Seren's U.S. Open fans. Photo of my tv screen.  

#3 still needs more work, more layers. The sauce is still weak.        Vinci- "I am here too, what about me? I am trying too. "

#3 still needs more work, more layers. The sauce is still weak.   

 

 

Vinci- "I am here too, what about me? I am trying too. "

The sauce is almost done. I think I will let this one simmer a bit before I touch it again. 

The sauce is almost done. I think I will let this one simmer a bit before I touch it again. 

FYI- Serena is my tennis hero And I would never want to disrespect her.  That said you do have to love the spirit and the fight of Vinci.