Been busy this week cleaning and organizing my studio — and getting ready for an even bigger cleaning event — the BIG SPRING CLEAN! So not so much painting in the last few days.
However I did go to the National Gallery of Art yesterday for a few hours and while I was there I made this drawing after a Rodin sculpture.
Spent some time looking at still lifes too in anticipation of my switch from landscape to still life which is coming, coming — soon! Every time I am out where cut flowers are for sale I am thinking also about still life. Soon, soon!
Here’s what I was looking at:
First swipe at the landscape of crepe myrtles in a long format. The canvas measures 18 x 36 inches.
I’ve almost persuaded myself that it’s not January.
Got a chance to see the January exhibit at the Virginia Art League and to photograph my oil pastel Koi Silk in situ. I love the framing which was done by Carriage House Framing. The whole thing measures 41.5 x 29 inches.
Here’s another view for scale.
The exhibit in historic Old Town Alexandria goes through February 4.
Here’s a link for Carriage House Framing.
Building up the “pond with lilies” in acrylic paint. It measures 20 x 24 inches. After beginning it with drawing, I have kept to the scribbly sensibility.
It all began here:
The painting that began with little blue ball point pen drawings (of previous posts) continues. I’ve started putting the paint on. The free wheeling beginning influences the way I go forward with it. The painting measures 20 x 24 inches.
Here’s another quick thinking-out-loud drawing made with the Bic Velocity pen, well smudged.
I love, love, love, love, love drawing this way. Totally carefree. Just see something, put a mental line around it, and a physical one to parallel the mental one.
It’s like sight reading in music. Once you start, you keep going. Make mistakes, but don’t mess with the rhythm.
Here’s the first drawing for a new painting. I don’t make the drawing as a thumbnail sketch since I won’t refer back to the drawing once I begin painting. It’s just another form of rehearsal. I like to think about the shapes a few times before beginning.
I also just love drawing. I love scribbling with the loopy, meandering lines of a pen. This is not the Bic Cristal that I usually use. This one has got a much bolder line. It’s a Bic Velocity.
I found that the best time to smudge is right after you’ve drawn the line. The ink doesn’t smudge so well once it has dried. I wear gloves — otherwise my finger tips would be the same color as that deep blue ink.
Here’s the small painting for which the previous painting is a study. This one measures 18 x 24 inches. The study rehearses the white flower below the daisy.
The painting already looks significantly different from this photo above. I am making textured adjustments to all the sections of the picture. And some of the flowers will be better defined also.
I’m working on a small flower painting today and have used this even smaller study above (8 x 10 inches) to rehearse approaches to the central section of the main painting.
The painting is textured and the study is also. I love the freedom of acrylic paint for texture. You can pile a lot of paint on the surface and paint right over it again in a fairly short period of time.
Some of this approach I want to translate later into oil. But in oil the strategy will need to be a little different.
While I’m busy working on the flower paintings that I’m doing today, it’s fun to look back at some of the ones I made a long time ago.