I finished The Peacock. I had a good time working on it. Originally it was going to be line and watercolor but as I worked on the inks it I knew I was going to add other mediums and the final piece came to include india ink, watercolor (mixed with white gouache in places) and, finally, acrylic paint. The signature under my logo is red prismacolor pencil. Everything but the kitchen sink as the saying goes.
The Peacock, 10"x16"
The use of all those mediums reminds me of a great story. The cartoonist Doug Wildey, the creator of Jonny Quest, once showed the writer Mark Evanier a western painting he'd completed. He pointed out where he'd used markers, oils, acrylics and various other mediums. Evanier mentioned that one of the things they taught in art school was that one shouldn't mix mediums. Wildey replied that he could do it because he'd never been to art school. I love that story because I can relate. Here's a link to the original story as well as a bit about Doug Wildey. Just scroll down till you get to the close up picture of the gent in glasses.
One more bit: I only ended up submitting one piece, rather than two. The other one wasn't working for me. That's the way it goes sometimes.
I mentioned before that I was entering two works into the annual county fair that we have here every fall. I decided to post one of the works as it evolves. This one is titled The Peacock (I had to come up with a name fast for the entry form). I based it on a photo I took a couple of years back. The frame I had determined the final size of the work.
I laid the image out on Bockingford watercolor paper in rough pencil and used a #2 round Windsor & Newton brush to ink it in. The next step will be to wash in the colors and finish it off with colored pencil and acrylic highlights. Hey, it's a mixed media work.
Things have been busy with me. For starters I wasn't sure I wanted to continue this blog. Somehow I began to feel the weight of it and as there were other far more pressing matters such as my mother's illness and passing that needed my attention it beame easier to not post anything as the months went by. I even went through the drastic step of removing it. My wife wasn't too happy that I did that so I decided to unremove. I'm glad I did. Luckily, everything was still there.
So here we are again. Esther suggested we both enter paintings into the local fair. I wasn't sure but as the entry deadline approached I thought "why not". We filled out the forms, paid the entry fees and are now getting ready to work on our entries. As I am entering two this means a tight deadline (not really as I'm actually pretty fast when I get to it). Esther has it even rougher. She's doing an oil painting! The drying time!
My paintings will be mixed media since that's the category you write in when you mix pen and ink with watercolors. As you can see from the drawings and paintings posted here the work will be a bit looser that what's normally entered into these things. As I'm not entering to compete but just for the fun of it I'm hoping that the works will be enjoyed in the spirit that they were created in. I paint to enjoy myself and I'm getting back in the mood. That's always a great thing.
In the meantime here's a quick sketch I did a while back. It's a hot summer and I thought a visit to an island just might be the best thing.
Island Paradise, 10.5 x 8
Can you hear the ukuleles and seashells strumming and humming? Pen and ink with watercolor on 110lb index card stock.
While organizing the basement I looked at all the paper I'd accumulated. It's a lot of paper and I decided to take a picture of it. It's a mix of different brands of watercolor, bristol board and index card stock.
The DVD's next to the stack are there to give an idea of how much paper there is (if you zoom in you can see some of the movies and shows I like).
Every one of those sheets will end up being drawn and/or painted on.
T-Rex is my favorite dinosaur. So I thought it would be fun to work on one.
Moon Of The King, approx 8.5" x 8.5"
I laid color over color, allowing blooms, runs and what not to occur. I mixed watercolor with white gouache, a real no-no among modern purists who work in watercolor (although guys like Sargeant, Homer and Turner were okay with it, but, then again, what did they know). After I'd painted it I went at it with black india ink and brush, going for an almost calligraphic feel.
MaimeriBlu watercolors on Canson XL watercolor paper (not bad stuff once you figure out what makes it tick).
The girl was drawn quickly without reference and how the hair came to that shape I don't know. I enjoyed working on it even though I was testing some new paper I'd purchased, Bockingford Watercolor 140 lb cold press, which required a bit of a learning curve.
Red Hair, 7"x4.75"
I used only the three primary colors, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow from MaimeriBlu, plus a dash of white goauche for some stars and highlights. For some reason I can't use Cotman paints on this paper although other people have no problem with it. So, because I have many sheets of the stuff and I like it, I had to put in an order for more MaimeriBlu paints which is fine with me as the brand is excellent and I like the way it works on the paper.
I'd like to thank those who check in regularly and hope that their patience will be rewarded with the new work I'll be posting. And it's going to be on a regular schedule.
A little bit late to say Happy New Year, but, what the heck, Happy New Year!
I've been so busy with work lately that I hardly had any time to draw for myself. Things have finally calmed down and my routine has been set so I can start drawing my own stuff on a regular basis.
Today's sketch is of an Apache. I went a little wild with the line work, applied the color liberally and had a great time. I'm sending off the original to Warren Sattler, an artist and cartoonist whose work has long been a favorite of mine.