Monday, September 30, 2013

Raindrops and Twinkle Lights

Raindrops and Twinkle Lights Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite on paper
 "My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
 
Here is a sketch, enhanced in PhotoShop to emphasize contrast, that I'm making to map out the trajectories of raindrops at night as they are lit by holiday twinkle lights. In one of the neighborhoods where I walk they start putting up lights early. Even though summer officially ended less then 10 days ago, they are in fact already up, have been up, albeit in orange. I suppose that the orange is meant to signify Halloween, although I'll never get what twinkle lights have to do with Halloween, no matter what color they make them. Halloween, to my way of thinking, has nothing at all to do with little, sparkly, twinkle lights. Cobwebs and crypts, bats and crows, yes. Little, sparkly, twinkle lights, no.

 Once it seems like I have a satisfactory plan on paper I'll start this painting. The drawing will be a guide for when I get lost in the drops, as is bound to happen. I can't wait!

In the meantime, savor the first days of fall. The early days of fall. No need to run out and start decorating your trees just yet. Wait, at least, until after the leaves fall.

4 comments:

Kathryn Hansen said...

HA! I never thought about it but you're right about the lights!!

This is going to be a super cool painting...hope you eventually bring it to one of the meetings!! Is it going to be big?

Katherine Kean said...

I hope it'll turn out! I think it will be 18 x 24 or around that size.

Jean Spitzer said...

I like the lights, even if they seem seasonally confused.

Beautiful sketch.

Katherine Kean said...

Thanks Jean!