Thursday, December 10, 2009
One complete. Many more in the wings
I was up before the snow flew this morning and finished off the tiny watercolour portrait that I started last night. I don't think I could work on this scale for long periods and its a lot more challenging that you first think. I seem to want to fill the space and over run it, fearing that I'll never get it all in, which I usually don't.
I am starting a drawing for a new portrait. I have the face blocked in, but need to work out a background now and that may take a little research. It will be another watercolour on 300lb Arches paper. I always feel a surge of excitement starting a new piece. There is something amazing to see a face appear out of a sheet of white paper.
I also played around with some photos using old-but-new blocks that I ordered after seeing some of Neil Hollingsworth's paintings using them. I asked him where he found the blocks and he let me know, so I ordered some of these rather sweet reproductions for myself. I just need to get some natural light to paint or draw them. The mornings are too dark to see a thing before I head to work.
I have so many ideas in my head and they sometimes come out in a jumble with projects and pieces all vying for attention. One at a time. Mostly.