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Quick Study – Water Soluble Graphite Dancer


Quick Study

 

dancer

I continued to experiment with water soluble-graphite this week.  In this quick drawing I loosely sketched the dancer, then with a wet brush freely and quickly went over it.  After allowing the paper to dry a little, I went back and added more detail with my graphite pencil and a wet brush.  I also played with a dry brush.

Leaving the lines of the skirt open helped create movement in the dancer. Painterly motions of a wet brush also help add to this effect.  I have to admit though, I am terrible at just walking away from a drawing and saying it is done.  For me there is always something to tweak.  Therefore some of the free-flowing effects that I had, have become more detailed.  Next time I will walk away, maybe.

 

Paper:  Canson Mixed Media

Pencils:  ArtGraf 2B, 6B

 

Create On!

 

 

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Planning for New Art Pieces

Scribble

Freedom…

It is always the drawings that I do on scrap paper with an everyday pencil that seem to produce the result I am looking for.  There is a certain freedom that comes from knowing that this is not the final piece.  For this reason I do a lot of my planning on tracing paper.  I know I can be hard on the paper and still erase without breaking down the tooth of the surface.  The funny thing is, however, that because I am more relaxed I erase less; the lines tend to flow uninhibited. Tracing paper also enables me to see proportions and layout before I have committed them to art paper.

As I sat down this morning to plan images for a watercolor or water soluble graphite (I haven’t decided yet), I quickly came up with this simple sketch.  I wanted something uncomplicated and loose that I could try finish with a couple different mediums to see which result I like best.

For those that have been asking why I have not blogged anything for a while I will try be more diligent in blogging as I play.  Thank you for keeping me accountable, it is good to know there are people out there that miss seeing the artwork.

Always take time to create.

 

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Rembrandt Lighting – Art Study

Summer Study

Have you ever looked at a painting and been absolutely mesmerized by how the artist was able to command the mood with the use of lighting?  After visiting numerous art galleries in Europe last year I knew I needed to take some time to study lighting more.  Now is the time.  With the busyness of the year behind me, I can once again focus on art study.  My plan for the summer is to study the works of Rembrandt who was a master at manipulating light.

RembrandtSelf Portrait – Rembrandt (public domain)

As the summer progresses, I hope to post pieces with some of the different lighting techniques that Rembrandt used. I have a goal and I have a plan; let’s see where it takes me.