On Friday our model was a big dude dressed as a sheriff. I brought watercolours with me! That's a first. I'm not sure when the last time was that I did a model from life with watercolour - maybe not since my old CMU days (okay, that's only seven years ago, but, still ...). I was accused of being a show-off because I didn't sketch it out with pencil first. I wasn't trying to be. Sometimes it's necessary to do a sketch first, but I didn't think it would be in this instance.
As it turned out, I thought that some of my proportions were off (and some still are) and was getting tired of building up the paint, so I set it aside and worked on a charcoal for the rest of the session.
Well, when I got the sucker home, I decided to use some coloured pencil on it. Much of it remains watercolour, but I did get a little crazy with the coloured pencil. I had intended on taking the coloured pencil with me on Friday, but in the process of packing the rig and trying to keep the cats in the house, I inadvertently left them. Just as well, I suppose.
It was a lot of fun to work on. Again, the WHY of it still nags at me. I've got so many other things to be working on, why bother with these portraits that go straight to the closet?
One day, I'll figure it all out.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Cheyenne posed for us again yesterday. She's such a great model -- not only beautiful, but a great disposition. She doesn't get that bored - how much longer do I have to sit - look... she's ever mindful of the importance of her part of the "relationship" between the artist and their muse. I like working with her.
I do feel, though, that I've been playing around with the charcoals enough lately. Next week -- either pastels, watercolour, or back to oil.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Lately I've been in printmaking mode again. Mostly because of the illustrations for the Mouse story ... for which I did about a dozen different prints. While I was at it, I wanted to do something a little more along the lines of things that I like to do. I'd been looking through the great book on printmaking that Belinda got for me, and I ran across an etching that Del might have done if he were into etching. It was a simple tea cup. Well, that's what inspired the drawing that I did ... and the subsequent oil painting ... so, I figured, what the heck, I might as well make it into an etching.
It was a fun little project ... and I may work with it a little more. The picture of it that you're looking at, is the third state of the plate. This is one of my "WIM"s (woodcut/intaglio/monotype) prints. I'm trying to make them a little less of a monotype, because they take so long to wipe when I do them that way. However, that's what makes them unique, too. Not just anyone could pick up one of my plates and print it. This one in particular takes me at least half an hour to wipe ... painstakingly bringing out the details with a q-tip and finger wiping.