Dear art friends, I have been in a serious art block for several weeks. Not only could I not get inspired, I didn't want to and when I did try to do something I couldn't. Getting together with Guild members last week was a help. Another big help was painting with my "Painting Partner" Kim Ferguson. We painted two days this week. I didn't start anything new, but I did attempt to finish a piece I started last month.
Last night the Block seemed to lift. I started doing some technique studies for a subject I've wanted to paint.
I'm trying ink on watercolor paper and on mineral paper. Also, trying gouache, water soluble graphite, carbon pencil, and pastel pencils.
I took the photo at Myrtle Beach last November.
First I tried India Ink onto wet watercolor paper....
|India Ink on wet w/c paper (gouache wash)|
There were some interesting effects..looks promising. I learned to brush in the already diluted ink. I tried a dip pen (dark line on back). I also tried spritzing with water mist.
|India Ink on mineral paper|
Then I tried India Ink on Mineral Paper. What you see here is the 3rd or 4th generation of that attempt. It is not the best. I kept experimenting just to see what it would do. I learned it has to be worked fast. Once the ink begins to dry....
I was spritzing, wiping, lifting, brushing...you've got to try a lot of things to get to know the process.
On my next attempt I used Mineral Paper but this time with gouache, water soluble graphite pencil, carbon pencil, and pastel pencils. Since I had a better feel for what I was doing I tried a more accurate drawing. This little painting is larger than the others, about 7x9". There was a good bit of spritzing and tilting the paper at the beginning. I let it dry before coming back with pastels. I think this is a technique that suits my style. I will continue to develop it, especially for smaller pieces.
|Gouache, pencil, pastels|