Friday, May 01, 2009

Making time

This week has been so so busy, I barely have time to breathe so not a lot of time has been dedicated to art. Oh I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head. They come to me while driving quite often, as my commute is about 30 minutes each way. Its a good time to think and plan at the beginning and end of the day.

Most of my work this week has been starts of pieces, thumbnail sketches and snippets of drawings on sketchbooks or pieces of paper that are lying around. I have been fighting with a painting for most of the week, but its not doing as I want it to. I dot paint on it most days but it just won't come around yet.

So in times like this, I draw whatever comes to hand or whatever brings me comfort in terms of art. For me, its drawing eyes. Why? I really love drawing eyes, I always have. So this is where this start of a self portrait came from. Its unlikely it will go further - or not at this point as there are design faults that I can't be bothered to fix as it would mean a major redo.

Fatique takes its toll on drawing ability. I find I can draw best first thing in the morning. If I wake very early - 4 or 5am - and get up, its amazing how the pencil or brush flows. Tiredness affects my ability to think and to produce anything worthwhile.

But tomorrow I have a board meeting all morning, then the usual chores, so its unlikely I'll be able to devote a lot of time in the studio til late in the afternoon. Perhaps a nap first might be in order!

And now the macabre and strange that is sitting on my dining room table. And no, I haven't tasted it yet. I just like looking at it and anticipating a drawing with light through the glass.

Crystal Head Vodka. Designed by John Alexander and manufactured by Bruni Glass of Italy, the design of the bottle celebrates the mysterious legend of the 13 Crystal Heads found around the world and mentioned in the last Indiana Jones Movie. The 13 Crystal Heads are believed to be of ancient powerful origin by some, or a Victorian archeaological hoax by others.

In October 2008, actor Dan Aykroyd joined creative forces with American landscape artist and sculptor John Alexander to launch Crystal Head Vodka.

"Unlike most vodkas in today's marketplace that use additives, glycol, citrus and sugar to improve smoothness and flavor, Crystal Head Vodka is a pure spirit with no additives. It is quadrupled distilled and filtered three times through charcoal followed by triple filtration over Herkimer crystals from one of the planets rarest deposits of close concentrated semi-precious stones" said Aykroyd. The vodka is distilled by the Newfoundland Liquor Corporation and uses water sourced from the Province's deep aquifer glacial pools located over a thousand miles away from major sources of continental pollution.

Aykroyd is working with a leading US importer, The Infinium Spirits division of Wilson Daniels to market Crystal Head Vodka in the US. Crystal Head Vodka, which will be available initially in California, Texas, Nevada, Louisiana and Florida will retail for $49.95 per 750 ml bottle.


Jennifer Rose said...

eyes can be so expressive they are interesting to draw, its always interesting how just by looking at someone's eyes you can tell what they are feeling.

shame I don't drink because that is a really cool bottle :) (but not cheap! o.0 )looking forward to seeing you draw that :)

Rhonda Bartoe Tucker said...

Sounds like our weeks were very similar. Great sketch! And I'll have to look into the new vodka; if not to taste to at least have that great bottle!

Stacy said...

Jeanette, I know the struggle of fitting art into a busy life. It can be frustrating for sure. But maybe the too busy times are necessary to strengthen our desire to create. I also have to say that I love what artists will buy in the name of art. A crystal skull full of vodka!!! Too funny.

Megha Chhatbar said...

Hey Jeanette, The painting is just awesome! Her eyes are so expressive and the crystal head is very unique. Love it! :)

Billie Crain said...

As I read your most recent post I looked at your partially completed self portrait and noticed the dark circles under the eyes. It seemed appropriate with what you posted. Those undereye circles are the first thing that shows up on my face when I get overtired and stressed. Please take care of yourself...k?

Interesting tidbit about the vodka. After it's gone you have quite a conversation piece left. Btw, what proof is it? Just wondering........

Mary said...

I always love your self portraits Jeanette and I can see your love fr eyes because they are always filled with expression. You do so well with so much to do, I admire people like you very much.

Jeanette said...

Yes eyes are always interesting to draw Jennifer. I'll tell you how the vodka tastes when I try it.

It was a crazy crazy week Rhonda, but that's how it is sometimes. The bottle is pretty neat huh?

There are never enough hours in the day are there Stacy? We just work around it. The vodka is purely for medicinal purposes...:)

Thanks Megha.

Yes, my eyes show tiredness and are usually the indicator that I need sleep. I'll catch up on some sleep this weekend I hope.

The vodka is 40% alc/vol, so I guess standard strength Billie. Come on over, we'll do a taste test. :)

Mary, thank you. You are always so supportive.

Anita said...

Another lovely portrait forecast. Fascinated by the skull. I remember seeing the photos of a head sculpture produced over a year by an artist - it was made with 8 pints of his own blood and frozen into a sculpture of his own head. Talk about a self-portrait!

Laurel Neustadter said...

Wonderful pencil work on the portrait. I love line drawings. I can appreciate being too tired to draw. Been there too many times. I am actually looking for a skull. I want to draw a skull from life from many different angles, to internalize the shape of the head. Wonder if a Vodka bottle is as accurate as a medical supply replica :-)