Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Breakfast at Cora's


Every reflective surface appeals to the detail freak in me and ceramics are no different.  Its the play of light on hard surfaces that provides a challenge that I can't resist even if it defeats me now and then. 

While I work on demo subjects for a drawing class I came across this photo of a pile of cups.  It was taken in a local breakfast/brunch restaurant called Cora's last month.  They'd run out of the mugs they usually use and provided cups, promising mugs would be substituted shortly.  Making room on the table for plates of food and keeping baby fingers out of grab reach, we piled the cups and, while the light wasn't the greatest, I took a quick photo of it.  I was going to take another, but the waitress grabbed them away to replace them.  I don't think she quite understood why I was taking a photo of the cups.  I've given up trying to explain the things I grab shots of anymore.  It just gets too complex.

So working out the tilt of cups and ellipes and reflections took some time, a lot of measuring and alignment, but I think the drawing is there now.  The paper is in a cheap sketchbook and I would have preferred a smoother surface to work on if I wanted the drawing to be a "keeper".  But isn't that always how it works out?   No doubt DaVinci had bits of paper scattered all over his studio too, wishing he'd started it on something else.

A few tweaks here and there and its back in the sketchbook.




5 comments:

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

i've get odd looks when people see me taking random photos. a couple people actually stop to see what I am taking a photo of :p

great reflections :)

suzanneberry said...

extraordinary drawing jeanette!! really so lovely and soft, beautifully done! and i think i will start taking my camera with me when i go out. great idea! thanks.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Jen, seems people are always curious about what others are seeing. I usually ignore it, but sometimes people just get in the way of what I'm trying to photograph in their curiosity.

Suzanne, thank you. I wondered if it would be too tedious but the angles of the cups seems to work. The reflections had me a bit bug eyed at times though!

Waterside Gallery said...

Jeanette superb drawing specially the reflections you have presented in the drawing. Instant fan!!!

Jeanette Jobson said...

Thank you! There's something about reflections on a hard surface that is always so appealing to draw.

And I have Tom Greenshields to thank for much of my drawing background as he was my mentor and teacher for many years when I lived in the UK. I see you have some of his sculptures in your gallery, that's wonderful. My youngest daughter was the model for one of his pieces.