Felt like playing around with the charcoals the other day. Started out doing a lesson from my art studies, a still life of your paint brushes. I first worked with the willow charcoal. Here is that attempt
Wasn’t real happy with this. I had forgotten how messy charcoal can be! While I had the still life set up I pulled out the graphite sticks I purchased on sale over the summer. I like how they go on and I can work them with a water brush. I only used one of them and didn’t try to get a lot of tones in this little study. It isn’t real detailed and I didn’t get the lights and darks in properly but I like it.
Gonna try setting up some more stills of art supplies and do a series of 5 x 7’s using the graphite sticks. This would make a nice series to frame and hang in the “studio”. Can you tell I’m starting to focus and get some projects lined up for the coming year! Whatever sparks my creativity, I run with it.
Needing to do a watercolor one of these days while I’m in here having fun. Don’t want to lose my touch there!
Until next time……what are your goals for 2020
Tried doing a sketch for tonal practice with the new Prima graphite sticks. Not as easy as I thought it would be! Used a travel photo of the west coast as this is one I like and have hopes to paint.
I used all six sticks to capture from the lightest to the darkest from the photo. I guess there are five or six different shades here but hard to see in my opinion.
Said I was going to try it and I did. Will I use this technique going forward? Hopefully, as sketching and getting the various tones right are important to a good finished painting.
Until next time…….practice practice and more practice
While playing around in the “studio” the other day I pulled out the Derwent Inktense ink pencils. Cut a sheet of Strathmore mixed media paper in half and decided I was going to do some flower studies. I first did a detailed pencil drawing and added the inks after.
I started with the daffadils. I miss them so much now that we live in Florida and don’t get to see them early in spring! I applied the inktense pretty heavily and added water to blend. I really like the way these came out. So then I moved on to the lilacs, another northern bloomer that I don’t see down here.
Not bad, but not as good as the daffs! These are small 4 x 6 studies and I’ll probably do a couple more of them in the coming days. I’m making myself come in here and do something, even if small and not real time consuming, EVERYDAY. I usually end up staying in here doing various other stuff too. Not a bad thing because the ideas start to flow and things come about that weren’t on my radar.
Until next time…….try a drawing instead of painting