Monday, September 22, 2014

While Waiting

While Waiting, watercolor, 5.5x8" ©Diane Mannion

Day 22 of the 30/30 Challenge

While waiting for an appointment, I was stuck in the car and did a few sketches.  Hurried home afterwards and painted this.  It was really a "nothing-interesting" view but while doing sketches, I noticed things I would not have before.  

Almost called this, Objects in the Mirror are Closer Than You Think.  While Waiting is the title that has the most meaning for those few boring minutes waiting.  Boring turned into interesting when I started to sketch.  Artists are never bored!  We may be boring, but never bored.

And I wonder what that poor woman was thinking while I stared at her house!


9 comments:

Susan said...

I like this composition. The lines, points of interest and color balance (and of course, the light) makes it interesting and pleasing to the senses. My favorite part is in the mirror...the little yellow house with it's own palm tree. You have combined "whimsical" with "quaint," and added a touch of "tropical." So much to enjoy!

Diane Mannion said...

Thank you so much, Susan! It's the closest I've come to my old illustration days. Interesting how much can be "seen" while sitting in a boring parking lot with a humdrum view. This one was fun.

Julie Ford Oliver said...

Its the stop sign that grabs my attention. LOVE IT - and the way it links to the other warm colors weaving past the beautiful neutrals, make it all pop.
laughed at your "we may be boring" comment.
You - never!

Wendy Barrett said...

A great use of your time Diane! Such an interesting sketch and extra special as it is now a tangible reminder that a seemingly boring situation can magically transform for the canny sketchbook lugging artist such as yourself!

carol edan said...

Nothing boring about this!!! Love the composition...She was probably thinking that's she's glad not to be in the traffic jam!!!

Diane Mannion said...

Thank you, Julie Ford Oliver! I had fun with the stop sign... loved playing with the letters, a two curves and two straight lines.

Diane Mannion said...

Thanks Wendy Barrett! I sometimes look forward to those "time-out" situations. Wish I was bold enough to sketch while waiting on line in Walmart.

Diane Mannion said...

Carol Edan, glad to hear from you! Thanks for your comment.

Karen Johnston Daily Paintings said...

I really love this Diane! Those pops of red are wonderful. What great use of your time!