Above: Brush pen, Daniel Smith watercolor (on the Tootsie Pop) and Schmincke Horadam gouache background. In the Seawhite of Brighton square sketchbook I was using earlier this year. Sides masked with Nichiban Artist's tape. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I love Tootsie Pops. For years I couldn't get them because we lived in Australia. They speak of very early childhood to me. Grape and Orange are the only two flavors I'll eat. (We all have to draw the line somewhere.)
Over the past several years I've drawn a lot of different suckers or lollipops. I never tire of it. I keep thinking that if I had more time I would draw more of them, and I would do them as "regular" paintings in a series outside the journal.
But then every day I start to think that way and buy one, bring it home, and start doing studies in my journal to get ready for that final painting…
…well I find the model seems to disappear after a couple poses.