Saturday, February 27, 2016


Fellow blogger Granny Annie at Fools Rush In has been participating in a 29 Faces Challange where you draw a face a day for February. I think it would behoove you to check out her work.

Since I'm on my own this weekend, I thought I'd look for some of my drawings from the past... back before marriage and kids, back before social media, back when I had time to myself and I found this assignment for my Humanities class. We were tasked to take a famous painting, copy it, and then write a paper about the artist's intention.

This is Mastisse's The Dance:

And this is my reproduction of Matisse's The Dance:

I've always enjoyed Fauvism, but I chose this painting because I had procrastinated myself out of doing a more realistic and detailed drawing. I would have much preferred copying something like "Lamentation Over The Dead Christ" in pencil, or "Prayer Hands" because I was more comfortable drawing detailed work in pencil and/or charcoal, but they weren't in the textbook so I picked an easy alternative: Nekkid people dancing around.

Believe me, I have grown since those college days.


At February 27, 2016 5:37 PM, Blogger Jan said...

What an interesting assignment. Did he have a purpose other that the nekked people thing?

At February 27, 2016 5:50 PM, Blogger cube said...

Jen: LOL. Poor Dr. Jurgenson had nothing to do with the nekked people. He merely posed the assignment. The nekked people were just the easiest I could draw in one night. I was out of time, but it worked in my favor because he loved the artwork. Go figure. The biology major makes good at art.

At February 27, 2016 6:25 PM, Blogger Granny Annie said...

Thank you for the shout out! Only two more days for the 29 faces challenge. I love nekked people and of the work I have actually sold, they have been nudes. You need to be involved in you art again. It is fantastic!!

At February 27, 2016 7:00 PM, Blogger cube said...

Granny Annie: My Humanities professor, way back then,
wanted me to leave science for art. I kept my grades up in science and math, but I always remembered Dr. Jorgenson's words and always made sure my science education was a well rounded ed one.

At February 27, 2016 8:53 PM, Blogger messymimi said...

An excellent copy! What a blessing to be both scientifically and artistically gifted.

At February 28, 2016 10:27 AM, Blogger Sandee said...

I wouldn't have been able to do an art class. Stick figures won't get me a decent grade. Glad you stuck with science.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

At February 28, 2016 12:20 PM, Blogger cube said...

Granny Annie: BTW I love what you said about nekkid people. Nekkid people sell. LOL.

At February 28, 2016 12:21 PM, Blogger cube said...

Messymimi: Thank you for your kind words. I've always felt like a person with a foot in different worlds.

At February 28, 2016 1:03 PM, Blogger cube said...

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At February 28, 2016 7:24 PM, Blogger Kid said...

Nice work. Have you seen any M.C. Escher ?

At February 29, 2016 11:51 AM, Blogger cube said...

Kid: Oh, you're such a tease, but I love you anyway.

At February 29, 2016 6:40 PM, Blogger Kid said...

I love you too Cube. No, I was being honest, but yea, I'm that other thing too at times. I tried some artwork earlier on and know it's not as easy as it looks. Anyway, I've enjoyed your comments much longer than I've been following you here. (fyi) Glad you're out there. Or is it in here? :)

At March 02, 2016 11:15 AM, Blogger cube said...

Kid: I asked if you're teasing me because my avatar is an Escher cube. You're right, art isn't easy. It takes lots of time which is something I had when I was a college student, but it doesn't work so well as a busy mother. The heart might be willing, but there's never enough time in the day to get it all done.

I'm not sure how to describe it... we're in virtual space. New frontiers.

At March 02, 2016 8:21 PM, Blogger Kid said...

Wow, I didn't realize that cube was Escher. I remember the Mobius strip. But yea, your cube and the mobius strip are fundamental to many of his other drawings such as Ascending and Descending. Night and Day is one of my personal favs.

We're in some alternate universe or multi-verse.

At March 03, 2016 12:45 PM, Blogger cube said...

Kid: Yes, Mobius strips & Klein bottles, too. I love so much of Escher's work, it's hard to pick one, but Relativity and Drawing Hands are personal favorites. Relativity because of the three sections of gravity each opposing each other and Drawing Hands because of its self-referential nature.

There are many iterations of Escher cubes, but my favorite is the one I chose for my avatar.


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