Saturday, March 08, 2008


Cabo San Lucas
black and white charcoal on mi-tientes
copyright Jeanette Jobson

I've been practicing a lot with charcoal lately on tinted paper. I like the extremes of darks and white highlights that let the paper do most of the work and save time. I wanted to let the heat of the scene come across in this image. The orange paper and the highlighted sheen on the face seem to do that without a lot of effort on my part.

I'm in the midst of reviewing parts of my art life and trying to rearrange life to give myself more time to create. I'm slowly making progress but haven't gotten to grips with anything meaningful in terms of a drawing or painting in awhile. I have some ideas floating around, but they don't seem to settle for long and I end up doing sketches like the one above.

While I get frustrated at lack of time, sometimes deadlines are the incentive that move me forward and make me produce. Seems there's no happy medium at the moment.


vivien said...

this and the last one are great pieces :)

PIF's should go this week by the way - sorry it's been so long

Billie Crain said...

lookin' good, Jeanette. i like the greasy shine on her face. really puts me there on the beach with her...oily sunscreen, sweat, etc.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Vivien, I'll look forward to you piece.

Yes, the white charcoal gives that great look, doesn't it Billie?