and I've been feeling ambiguous about canvas lately anyway
So I cleaned up the studio a bit, and found a pad of bond paper
very lightweight, translucent, and acid-free
and drew on that instead with the oil sticks
plus a bit of oil medium with brushes & a rag to smudge
I have used these very materials in my portrait books with excellent results (of the materials if not the image at times, haha). However, this bond paper is somewhat different from the various sketchbooks' papers, so just to be on the safe side I will wait a few weeks to see if the oil medium bleeds and/or stains, before going forward with this particular process. Testing, always testing.
Regardless of the long-term outcome of this particular little body of work, I must say it was a fantastic studio day, very energized and leaving me feeling full of possibility. Really, I just love drawing, in whatever form.
Now today is errands: tending to the ever-burgeoning garden, mowing the lawn,dealing with a bit of laundry, hitting up the library for more books and picking up groceries on the way home. Maybe I'll even make dinner!
First off, I'd like to share a few exhibitions and other events which I'm feeling excited about, in my most recent newsletter.
And now on to some of my studio explorations.
At the encouragement of a friend, a couple of months ago I was playing around with watercolours, perhaps my least favourite painting medium. *laughs*
First attempt: rather heavy-handed,
although the silver bits are alluring.
Second attempt: getting better perhaps. With gold bits!
Perhaps in a previous life I was a magpie...
Third attempt: actually managing a bit of transparency.
No metallic bits, though :=(
I used w/c tube paints, and also w/c crayons and Inktense pencils. Although I enjoyed exploring the materials, I've not picked up the watercolours since these attempts. Perhaps in future I'll give them another go.
Last month I went on a field trip to the Weaselhead Flats with 42 third-grade students, 3 teachers and 5 adult chaperones. It was a wonderful field trip, and I completely forgot to take any photos of the charcoal drawings we did after our nature hike! The kids - and adults too - seemed to really enjoy the various charcoal techniques I showed them.
"Who knew you could do all that with the lowly black stick?"
*laughs* oh the delightful eye-openings.
My own sketches were made from this tree,
on the hillside above the river near our house.
The kids and having fun with shadows at Weaselhead Flats.
Back in the studio, I'd been itching for a bit of oil painting, so I pulled out some small paintings made long ago on MDF panels cut to various sizes, no two alike.
First colour layers over the old paintings.
Laid them in a drawer to dry out of the way
Subsequent colour layers.
Maybe finished, maybe not.
Remember the Fragile Planets work I made a couple of years ago? There were some extra plates & prints, and I've been thinking whether they might be worth framing. Here, playing around with random materials... not sure I like this aesthetic though. Candace Larsen at CKG may have some better ideas.
So, there you have some of the "other work" I get into, besides the stuff that makes it to the galleries & exhibitions. What fun, eh?
I love being an artist, and am so grateful that I'm able to spend my time this way.