Food Court Sketches – À la foire alimentaire

ListeningI have always liked Honoré Daumier’s drawings and caricatures. He captured snippets of life, albeit in a more satirical manner, but his subject matter was much like mine – people in situations. His line work was very pronounced and he contrasted the dark shapes of his figures against lighter tones. I tend to do this also at times. Life in the city interests me much like it did for Daumier where he found grist for the mill.

Spending an afternoon at a table in a food court at Complexe Desjardins, I sketched these “situations” of people, eating, talking, thinking and concentrating on their mobile devices. I feel that if Daumier had been living today he too would seek out the food courts for material.

Eating and Thinking

Sarah Symmons in her book about Daumier says that Daumier was extremely prolific during his 50 year career executing 300 paintigs, 800 watercolors and drawings, 50 sculptures and 5000 lithographs and woodcuts, meaning he completed a new work every two or three days of his adult life. I conclude that his formula says there is no short course to success, but to produce …draw….paint…do art! That being said I should get off this blog, go out and draw some more!

Concentration

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About Raynald Murphy

Passionate plein air painter and sketcher. Watercolor being my favorite medium I also use various dry media to express myself.
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