Sunday, July 04, 2010
We're all guilty of it at one time or another. We push ahead, wanting to move into what we believe is the better place. A place more interesting or one that will enable us to do what we enjoy more or to fulfil more quickly the vision that is in our heads.
For those that know me, they'll know that I mean the drawing. For me, the underdrawing of a painting, especially watercolour or a portrait is a crucial element. It is the backbone of the piece and without it, the chances of achieving that vision in my head usually fail.
Of course there are loose impressionistic pieces that can become something wonderful with the right brushstrokes and colour values under experienced hands. But I need that groundwork to guide me, especially in complex pieces such as this one.
I spent most of this afternoon creating the drawing for a new painting. Its another Purity Kisses piece, that chewy candy that is produced here. I think part of the appeal for me is the drawing. I love the complexity of the folds and lettering and how it bends and distorts as the paper folds over itself.
This is on 200lb watercolour paper and measures 15 x 22.