Wednesday, November 07, 2007
To the hairdressers
I set myself a challenge within a challenge today - that if I didn't draw outdoors today, nothing was going on the blog. So I'm pleased to report that I succeeded. I've wanted to sit in Place Favre and draw this statue of Louis Favre for ages now and kept bottling out so I set out half an hour before my hair appointment to get this done. I half expected I would just sit there paralysed but I braved a few stares and got a fairly decent likeness! Funny I never noticed that pick axe before. Presumably he hacked out that rail tunnel single-handed!
I went back to my local hairdressers, one that I have had a couple of not so nice experiences with but to one of the other stylists who had been recommended. This was the first time I've been to a hairdressers and not got my hair cut. About four weeks ago I tried out another international salon (no names!) and had the shortest haircut of my life. Even today it is still sticks up at the back and it was three weeks before I could even get it around my tiny styling brush. The stylist was shocked when I said the cut was four weeks old! She did a brilliant job with the colour last time and even better today so I'll be sticking with her from now on. I don't want to set any more hairdressing records!
Is there anything worse than sitting opposite a mirror in the hairdressers? Perhaps looking at the back view in the changing room mirror comes close but I always look terrible with my hair covered in goo sticking up at all angles. Today she popped a few sheets of clingfilm over the top as well just for good measure. I was going to draw myself but unfortunately I was sitting in front of the wash basins and resigned myself to reading a book I'd brought along - Danny Gregory's Creative License. He obviously doesn't care much for pencil judging by his latest blog post but I have him to thank for two more sketches. I was reading a bit about how a day is a canvas stretched out before you and another bit about being in the moment and just doing it. Right now. So I just pulled out the sketchbook with about ten minutes to spare and captured the chair behind me and the clingfilm on my head. I'll have to tidy that one up though and hopefully post it tomorrow.