Although I was really stoked by our model's pose and costume, I struggled with composition and drawing - some days are just like that. When pondering the failed painting back in my studio, I realised that both orientation and medium had been poor choices. Having observed her live for 4 hours and taken photos, I simply started again with the KISS principle (keep it simple stupid) on newsprint, horizontal and with charcoal to capture the wonderful contrasts in this lovely costume and elegant beauty.
The advantage of slowing down is seeing the details. Not so every feather can be painted, but so that the important elements can be captured ... and there was a bee in her bonnet that I missed - how fun is that! Now I have a strong composition and look forward to doing a finished piece on good paper.
For an artist, "back to the drawing board" is a good thing! For me, drawing is just so liberating and this time has led me to discover new techniques in charcoal.
In the spring when the rains flood the fields below our property, it makes nice ponds for waterfowl. The above peaceful couple were enjoying that exact scenario when yours truly with her camera made too much noise and the scene changed dramatically. A second charcoal rendering "Wild Goose Chase", depicts the ensuing cacophony and was the perfect opportunity to explore additional new charcoal techniques ...
These charcoals and a few oil paintings of Chickadees in my pyracantha are available at Gallery Odin.
After a busy few months of painting, it is nice to get back to basics. Pure, honest but far from simple; drawing is the foundation of a good painting. All the rendering in the world cannot hide a mistake in drawing, just as a cornerstone would be sorely missed in the foundation of a building. So, not only is it nice to simply sketch, frankly, it is essential to every aspect of good art.
From the moment I saw this stunning creature I had to draw her. Tina is a creative and talented felter as well as a busy mother so almost a year passed before we could coordinate schedules to book a modelling session.
The original inspiration I felt upon seeing Tina never left me and now, armed with life drawings and several photos from our session together, I will do a few more studies prior to painting her. I could draw her forever and never be bored.
Our outdoor cat looking very comfortable indoors sleeping on the bed where she once was repeatedly snuck to by our son. A spot she now covets whenever she evades us upon each and every open door!
Another medium test for the versatility of this particular water media paper with the intentions of producing our own sketch books. So far I am pleased with the paper, my partner in crime is still testing and has a more experienced hand with water colour and papers in general.