Thursday, January 19, 2012
Here's the beginning stage of a little experiment I'm trying. I was thinking of going to a class late this month at the Desert Museum in Tuscon. The class is called "Dynamic Duo" and it's about pairing graphite drawing with soft bodied acrylic washes. The effect the instructor achieved in her example is of a beautiful drawing carefully hand colored.
I know I would enjoy the class as well as benefit from it, but when I added up all the costs - tuition, plane, lodging, etc. - I just couldn't justify it right now. So I'm trying to capture that look on my own.
I began with a graphite drawing of an oriole on a branch. The Stonehenge drawing paper is stuck to a piece of Crescent Perfect Mount board so that it will stand up to the paint. My next step was to mask the bird and branch with the same masking fluid I use for watercolors, then I laid in some background washes with thinned Liquitex Soft Body Acrylics. So here's where I am so far, and so far, I like the look.
Here are all nine of the dogs together, hanging in their group at the show. Mine is one of eighteen collections that our club members are showing, and most reported that they had a very positive experience doing a series. I've done three now, one series of 25 8"x8" paintings, and two of 9 8"x8" paintings. It's something I've enjoyed every time. It really provides an opportunity to immerse one's self in a medium and subject. So far, each time I have tried something slightly new to me in media, and I seem to gravitate to various mixtures.
These little guys are up for sale, but I almost wish that none would sell. They all feel like my own dogs!
Sunday, January 8, 2012
My theme is "a dog's love is steadfast," and each painting is scripted with "a dog's love is steadfast..." - "in the exuberance of youth," "in the twilight years," "even at bath time," "even on a bad hair day," "even when dinner's late," "even when the toys are put away," "even when you bring home a new cat," "through thick and thin," and "always."
I'm enjoying working more with drawing, and will be doing lots more, trying many different combinations of media to see what effects I can come up with.