….the hidden drawing under my oil paintings. Each painting starts out as a measured line drawing composed of grids and angled lines in charcoal. The process takes several hours to complete. It’s a challenge to take a completely blank, white surface and transform it into something that resembles reality. When the subject is in its proper place, I begin to add darks and lights. Traditionally for the next stage, oil painters will begin the painting process by adding a translucent wash of oil color, and with a rag, erase or pull out the whites. At this stage, I choose to use dry media. My intention is to add a limited range of value and a warmth. By using dry media, I am able to keep the drawing intact (and clean) and further enhance the value map with stronger lights and darks. Stay tuned for the finished painting!
….inspired by Manet's flower paintings, who in his dying days was greeted by artist friends bearing floral gifts. What did he do in those last days?....Painted the flowers, of course. Gloomy, maybe. Flower bouquets make very suitable subjects: flowers don't get tired, only thirsty, do not move or require a break, flower varieties are endless, and the bouquets are always a challenge to draw and paint from life.
....I am rediscovering the art of drawing and painting from life-observation only-no cameras. I relied heavily on the crutch of photography for a while. Now, I use a home-made plumb line (2 washers and a string), a bamboo skewer (unused of course) and a few rulers (because I love straight lines). I have the pride of creating artwork made by my eyes, hands and head without the translation of a camera lens or sensor. I guess I just needed to prove to myself that the skills I worked to achieve during my University days were not lost to the past.
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