Monday, April 25, 2011

Spring Snow


A watercolor and marker study of a photograph I took a week or two ago. It will translate nicely in acrylics on a large canvas. It was nice getting back to drawing. My clients have all gone on holiday over the next two weeks, so the drafting office is closed and the studio doors are open. Translated here, I can see some white splatters and lines are needed to balance the composition. I'm not going to bother. The larger painting will just happen as this drawing happened--spontaneously.

11 comments:

  1. I agree w/u on the white balance.. It will come in its own time... :-)

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  2. I am also a supporter of spontaneity in painting ... being familiar with our paint medium through assiduous practice, observing well the reality, collecting and studying well our painting references, but then let ourselves go when it is time to paint... this is my way of painting, it is the only that I am able to follow! Ciao!

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  3. Chrissy, what are you doing up so late? Watching the Borgia's? This "get acquainted" sketch is okay with or without any corrections. It's just an exploration.

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  4. So true Cristina. "Get acquainted" thumbnail sketches are our way familiarizing ourselves with the subject. We're teaching ourselves what makes the subject the subject and more importantly what we find interesting in the subject and will emphasize when we move on to the actual painting. The very translation of this small drawing (9" x 9") to a three foot square canvas will have an effect on the outcome.

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  5. This looks to me like some of the dyed fabric I used to make. I always loved the spontaneity. I look forward to seeing how your acrylic manifests.

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  6. It does doesn't it! I tie dyed stuff too Pamo. I wasn't very good at it. Couldn't stand the heat--or the occasional splash that showed what I'd been up to on the front of my shirt.

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  7. Hi Linda--This is a very moving piece to me. Maybe it's the way the piece presents on this backlit computer screen, but, again, it just looks like stained glass--and not just the usual stupid stained glass you see all over the place.. I'm seeing patterns and circles and glows and all sorts of texture on the order of the way Tiffany thought. He actually used glass in layers to achieve the effects that are showing up here. Bravo. This is a wonderful piece--perfectly balanced color and composition. Wm

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  8. Hi, L.W.

    My thoughts run similar to William's. There is something mystical and moving about this expressive drawing. Your watercolors worked over with marker and later acrylic fascinate me, but this one illuminates as is.

    Nanina

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  9. Hallie, Bill, Thank you. I think I'm coming to the end of exploring, the end of sketching. I simply want to paint my reaction to what I'm looking at or feeling, get the painting to the point where it has a life of it's own carry it through. I've wasted enough time exploring genres and approaches.

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  10. This is mesmerizing Jean. When I look at it I keep thinking about Morris Lewis and unprimed natural canvas and using dyes. When I draw with my markers, the drawing gets to be too linear and I have to wet the lines and let the liquefied lines run as they will. It's a combination of drawing and painting; I like the process.

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