I’ve colour-blocked my chosen scheme, now for the tonal addition in coloured pencil and detail work in pen.
It’s coming along nicely; and the piece has a dual nature…this is my last pregnancy (of two) and it’s a cathartic process, allowing me to wave au revoir to my pregnancy days, in a rather whimsical fashion. *big sigh*
This was the most uncomfortable experience of the year…and I was pregnant for most of it, so, that’s saying something!!!
I neatened the edges up with some old kitchen scissors and sealed it with some old white gesso, that I had lying around.
The plan is a bit simplified, as I just needed a composition reference; so, there’s no.way that I’ll spend hours rendering all the botanical detail, just for the mock-up!
With the final piece, I will colour block in acrylics, give it a quick sand down and then add depth, and detail with coloured pencils (with a few accents in solvent-based gold paint). Well…that’s the plan, but, who sticks to those?
Prismacolor pencils are my new friends!
You can tell I’m supposed to be marking exams. Ooooo, I’ll just make one more bit of art, and then I’ll start marking…ha!
The burnishing process with coloured pencils…can be, well, tedious and hard on the old hands. Like any artist worth their salt, I have art-calluses on my hands and fingers; and burnishing ALWAYS contributes to said calluses.
But the final effect is worth any subsequent pain; the depth of colour and the seamless movement between highlights and shadows isn’t comparable; and so…I think I can, I think I can, I know I can, I know I can.
Just hiding out in my studio…
“An artist is always alone – if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.”
All finished; I think I beat my own record for the number of layers in this piece.
Layer, upon layer, upon layer; seriously! I don’t know when…how, to stop…my.life.story.
Just. Say. No.
(mixed media, ink & coloured pencil on paper)
When you’re neurotically obsessing…there’s nothing more pleasurabley cathartic, than stomping all over your creative juice-maker!