|Ernie, The Waiting Room Series, graphite stick, knead eraser, 6B pencil on drawing paper, 6" x 8"|
Depth was added to this sketch by using a graphite stick to tone the paper, then drawing in, using a knead eraser, the figure emphasizing the light areas.. The results were okay, but the sketch wasn't loose enough. --And my black still wasn't black enough.
I attempted to get Ernie's beady eyes and collar black with a soft charcoal pencil. That didn't work. The charcoal didn't sit well when laid over the graphite. The rough texture of the charcoal couldn't grab onto the slick texture of the 6B layer. Darkening the black areas by pressing down harder with the graphite wasn't an answer either. The graphite took on a high polish shine.
So I got out my charcoal pencils after years of using graphite pencils for morning sketching; and sketching got a lot easier--even if I must fix the sketch before flipping the sheet and going on to the next.
|The Gaming Generation, Soft charcoal pencil in Strathmore sketchpad, 6" x 8"|
|The Rabbi, The Waiting Room Series, graphite " 6x 8"|
|Long Road Back, ( The Convalescent), Graphite pencil on drawing paper, 6" x 8"|
|Dave, The Waiting Room Series, Graphite pencil on drawing paper, 8" x 6"|
AND LONGLAST: A COUPLE OF HOURS IN THE STUDIO!
I was beginning to think, I'd never get back there. I owe my revived spirit to Celeste Bergin whose daily paintings were impressive and stimulating, President George W. Bush who turned me on to Winston Churchill's Essay Painting As A Passtime and Churchill's words:
'Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end, or almost to the end, of the day'.
And this advice I'd forgotten while losing myself in the intensity of portraitures and the Venetian method:
'We must not be too ambitious. We cannot aspire to masterpieces. We may content ourselves with a joy ride in a paint box. And for this, Audacity is the only ticket'.
Audacity! Yes! Painting unfettered by expectations. Painting Alla Prima intuitively. I laid out a limited palette and jumped into a couple of hours on another plane where worries and responsibilities are nonexistent.
|The Gamer Generation, oils on canvas board.|