10/29/12

Salad Prep


Prismacolor Pencil on Mi Teintes Paper
with a little collage
I don't really care for the way the pencil looks on the mi teintes paper, but now I know, and that's what sketchbooks are for  -  experimenting.  The paper is rougher on one side, so as it is bound in my book, the left page in this illustration is rougher that the right page. 

On the right hand page, I had drawn the blue cheese box and hated the way the pencil looked on the paper, so I glued a piece of paper over it and collaged the end of the box onto the page.  Sometimes students will ask me if that's ethical  -  to rip out, cover up, paint over  -  I always say it's your sketchbook  -  do whatever you want.  I don't get into perfectionism in my sketchbooks, but I also don't see any reason to look for the rest of your life at a page you hate.

The page makes me happy  -  I was making a salad to take to dinner with friends, a fabulous French version of La Mer was playing on Pandora Radio, and a pair of cardinals was perched near the window.
There is nothing beautiful about the page, except the nice reminder of a very pleasant period of time.

Here we are almost into November. It seems as if we just wrapped up summer, and now I am busy locking in things for next summer  -  workshops and classes.  It makes me think about the past summer and look forward to next summer.  Nice.

If anyone is interested in the salad, it consisted of red Boston lettuce, Bartlett and bosc  pears, red onion, almonds, dried cranberries, and blue cheese.


5 comments:

Laurie said...

thats a lovely salad, yummy!!!Beautiful work!I love that you told us of the surroundings at the time of inspiration, it makes us enjoy your work even more,

Maywyn said...

Lovely post
I'm feel inspired work more on my sketchbooks.

Thank you for the reciepe

Catherine said...

Laurie and Maywyn, thanks. It was a yummy salad. There is something about doing a quick little painting that makes a pleasant moment even more pleasant!

Mary Lou Peters said...

Thanks--I'm always looking for new salad recipes!

Catherine said...

Mary Lou - glad I could help :) This is very easy, and I love the blue cheese with the sweet fruit.