rich surfaces

frog teapot july 12 sennelier oilcard

The Sennelier oil pastel card paper was sitting in the pile from years ago.  When I first purchased the paper, I used it with Sennelier’s own oil pastels — and I didn’t really like the results particularly.  I’ve since found out about another artist who uses Sennelier card with Sennelier oil pastel to great effect — Benjamin Hope — so I might reconsider (though Sennelier oil pastels are a little pricey for my budget).  I already have some Sennelier oil pastels — but using them, for me, feels like going to visit the Queen.

Anyway, I am using the paper for the drawing above with Caran d’Ache Neopastel and I love the smooth effect.  It’s very rich.  Amazing how differences in paper affect the materials so keenly.  Thus I’ve found a use for the paper that I love and now of course I want to get more of it!  Even though the present tablet sat unused literally for years …

The great thing about good papers, though — they last!  Almost forever …

art supplies!

seashell on strathmore 500 9x12

I got a new supply of paper so I can knock myself out drawing seashells and the blue jay figurine, the frog teapot, the flowers of Capitol Hill and whatever else captures my fancy.

This drawing above is Neopastel on Strathmore 500 charcoal paper.  I also got Strathmore 400 pastel paper, these in two different sizes.  They are added to my supply of Canson pastel paper and Sennelier oil pastel card.  So I’m experimenting with lots of papers.

And my daily motto now is “draw till you drop.”  Sleep.  Repeat.

bird brain (and frog teapot brain)

blue jay and frog teapot july 13 am

Drawing and redrawing this duo, I have a bird on my brain — and a frog teapot.  I no longer know if I am making studies for the painting, or if I’m just obsessed with the motif.  Degas had advised artists to redraw the same thing ten times, a hundred times. He also said that you should draw things from different angles — and he was true to his word as his drawing of the circus performer Miss La La of the Cirque Fernando amply demonstrates.  (She is seen from below, hanging from a trapeze by her mouth.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_La_La_at_the_Cirque_Fernando

I had to find something that mesmerizes me sufficiently before I began drawing the same things from lots of different angles.  Who would have guessed that it’d be a blue jay figurine and a frog teapot.

bird and frog teapot june 19