Thursday, March 06, 2008


Storm clouds
Charcoal on mi-tientes
copyright Jeanette Jobson

Insomnia seems to be present a lot lately and it has both benefits and drawbacks. In the predawn hours I can achieve a lot once I get some coffee and my head clears a little. The disadvantage comes later in the day when fatigue sets in early.

This is the result of this morning's early rise. I quite enjoy drawing with charcoal lately. The tinted paper fills the midtone nicely and allows me to create contrast with lights and darks.

Its been awhile since I've tried drawing clouds and the filtered light drew me to this. On my drive to work in the early morning, I often see these rays of light hitting the surface of the ocean and always wish I'd had my camera with me or the chance to pull over away from the traffic to take a photo and capture that fleeting moment.


Gayle Mason said...

This is really emotive Jeanette, I can just picture what the sky looked like.

Dave said...

Really dramatic effect you've captured there, Jeanette. I've never really got to grips with using white charcoal on tinted paper; perhaps I should give it another try!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Gayle. I love the drama of this sky and the dark broodiness of the scene.

I've been playing more with charcoal on tinted paper lately Dave and clouds are a perfect place to start because you can manipulate them easily.

White on tinted paper is very effective. I'd encourage you to try it.

Billie Crain said...

Very dramatic, Jeanette! i'm liking the effect a lot. my first reaction was fire in the sky! i haven't tried Mi Tientes yet. what colors are you using?

Jeanette said...

This is a pad of colours, but I seem to only be using the darker colours. Its a greyish brown - mouse brown I call it :)

I'll have to invest in a large sheet of it at the art store. I only use the smooth side as I hate that chicken wire effect on the other side!

Anita Davies said...

Fantastic sky!

Laurel Neustadter said...

This is beautiful and very dramatic. I love stormy weather.