Jackie O.

8/23/2010 04:30:00 PM Posted In , Edit This 19 Comments »
I tagged this drawing a portrait, but only because it's a face.  While I do think it resembles Jackie Kennedy (some of you actually guessed correctly in a previous WIP post, much to my amazement!), it's far from a  finished polished drawing.  So, I'm calling it a drawing of a face instead.  I found I had been avoiding meeting up with her again.  I'm not sure why, but I have to admit, I'm relieved to be able to give her a spray of fixative and move on down the highway.

I'm not  sure what I want to do next.  My mind has been awhirl with thoughts of watercolor painting, mixed media, doing something with fabric that includes embroidery and applique .... I'm feeling sort of restless.  Then, to add to my angst, in a corner of the closet in my studio is a sweater I started knitting last year (or maybe even the year before).   It's in there grumbling and complaining, and the noise is getting louder.  One of these days I'm going to have to pay attention to it.  Actually, it's almost finished, but the the thing is, I got to a part where I'm not exactly sure how to proceed, and I find myself hoping the knitting fairy will deign to visit and beg me to let her finish it.  I'll be sure to let you know if that happens!

19 comments:

Cynthia Eloise said...

go outside and do a watercolor, wait for a gloomy rainy day to stay in and knit. the sweater has waited this long it will wait a little longer.

lgstudioart said...

Very nice Nancy!!

Alex said...

Nice work there Nancy =) so you're asking what's next? I'm thinking how about another portrait? :p

Cathy Holtom said...

Excellent advice from Cynthia!
If your mind is all a whirl with things you want to do, sketch a few ideas out quickly with a few notes so that when you feel stuck and uninspired you can go back to them. Make the most of your creative juices while they're flowing!

AutumnLeaves said...

She is fabulous! Your artist angst echos my own. No in progress knitting projects, but a drawer or two full of yarn. A loom waiting for attention and a project...art classes...a portrait not quite right...I'm there too.

AutumnLeaves said...

Oh! Not that I meant your portrait isn't quite right. I meant that I am there too as far as restlessness...

Shirley said...

Beautiful portrait - and I'm so glad others have noisy OFOs crying out for attention. I spend more energy trying no to listen than if I picked them up and finished them! I finally wrote out a leisurely schedule for finishing a quilt (hand quilting) and that seems to be working.

travelingsuep said...

This is a great portrait Nancy.

I'm with Cynthia & Cathy - knittings for rainy days.

Have some fun - sketch directly in ink, or slosh some paint around, don't worry about the results, just enjoy doing something.

Jesse/Joan said...

Nancy: I don't know why you were reluctant to get back to the portrait..It's very good.

I'm in a whirlwind, restless state of mind myself, don't know what the reason is, but I seem to do this when changes of season are coming.
I'm in the journal project, haven't started that yet, had the journal for nearly 3 weeks. I have journals I want to get started for myself. I have a Halloween quilt that I finished probably 5 years ago, screaming to make it to the wall by this Halloween. Knitting projects have been set aside. Can't make up my mind what to do, so we're riding in the same boat...why don't you take the oars for a while? HA

E*phi said...

Cool portrait! Whether she is Jacky O. or not (and I do think she looks like her), I love her expression. Very well done!

I think Cathy's got a point - a bit of sketching is always a good idea. Maybe it also shows you what *feels* the most fun at the moment (once you start with the sketch...).

Regarding the sweater: I've got an unfinished zombie sweater somewhere too... several years already, I'm afraid. I'm not even sure if I still remember how to knit, actually (just taught myself the basics for this sweater). Well, maybe in winter... *g*

raena said...

I thought that was who she was! I think you've done an excellent job of capturing her!

raena said...

PS Don't change it from portrait to a drawing of a face! Call it a sketch instead of a drawing! (A drawing being more developed)

Vicki Holdwick said...

Nancy,

This is quite a lovely sketch. I agree with the others that you should save your knitting for a gloomy, rainy day - or maybe winter!!

xoxo

Evelyn said...

Hi Nancy
That is a nice sketch. I know the feeling of wanting to do lots of different things... I also have too many projects that have halted, waiting for me...

Hope u are having a nice week, E

bendelachanal said...

Hi Nancy,
I am not commenting much never knowing if my comment will go trough!
I really like your drawing with your non dom hand. I always find these drawings more touching and with a lot of expression.
I find your portrait of Jackie very good, the shading, and the look in the eyes! Well done.
I am going to try to write with my non dom hand now!

. said...

Thats a really great drawing Nancy, you got her eyes spot on. If you feel ike you are stuck and dont know what to do with it... I say walk away and work on a new portrait : ) Then look at it again a few days later.

Thanks again for popping by my blog and your kind words, feels good to be back... And Bear banger is a small gun (looks like a thick pen) like thing that you shoot a very loud bullet (a thing that just makes noice) out of it and then you hope that it scared the bear away.

Cheers,

Mari

Krista Meister said...

This is a spot-on portrait of Jackie O, Nancy! Love the darks in her hair - it defines it very well.

Barbara said...

Very nicely drawn. I knew INSTANTLY who it was!

Aurileide Alves said...

Nancy, you write so well! So much emotion in every word you type! I got speacially touched when you said "I don't like to give up once I start something"... that's exactly the kind of feelling I need right now. Have been so busy and no time to draw or paint a single line for over months. It makes me a bit sad... but then I see how full of joy you get with your avocado plants. It was so nice, so inspiring! I loved the sketches too. Such a beautiful little plant!