…is often all one needs. This sketch is in a STILLMAN AND BIRN: GAMMA series journal, perfect for an antique look with a light ivory paper. I am using a JUMBO JERRY’S ARTARAMA JET BLACK charcoal and oil infused pencil. The North Carolina Reserach Campus dome looms in the background. The past and the future intermingle all the time.
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
Creative life requires a leap.
You have to be willing to find the edges of things.
There are moments of arrival…
…and moments of departure.
The key is experience.
The payoff is in unlocking a door within yourself.
I am not one to be bored on a long car ride…and I found out that there actually WAS A CHARLES STANDISH! AAAAA!
I think that everyone lives with a creative gremlin inside. Some of us just let ‘im out more regularly.
THE NEW YEAR IS UPON US… and perhaps you have been wanting to do some visual journal work for a long time. Pencils are a familiar tool and make this process less intimidating. If you are a first time doodler or a swanky sketcher: pencils are capable of endless visual effects.
NOBODY HAS ANY FREE TIME…and I am no exception. In every high flying life there are thresholds of spectacular tedium: the doctor’s office, the laundromat, the drive-thru, that hideous meeting once a month with stale softball-sized muffins. A small book and 3 colored pencils can redeem even those moments.
YOU NEED A GIFTIE…Binders will have some great bargain packages that are perfect for gifting and getting. If you aren’t happy how can you spread the good cheer? Get one for yourself and one for a special person. Make this person your arty buddy in 2014.
EVERYONE HAS SKILL…just not always the one we each want. So set about getting some new ones in 2014. Self education is the only kind with lasting value. Start on this journey so next year at this time, you have a LONG LONG list of supplies you are eager to explore in 2015. In a tough economy and in a world with a lot of problems, creative engagement is the ONE THING you can control.
IT IS A GREAT DAY IF YOU DESIGN IT THAT WAY.
….if you name the animal, you probably do not want to eat it…
A sketch on the ride to THANKSGIVING dinner.It gets boring when you are just a passenger.
Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.
JAMES A GARFIELD
Hard crusted European breads ( with soft interiors ) and pastries can be found at Nova Bakery. They converted a small bank into a coffee shop. The vault remains intact but now houses a couch or two for more intimate conversation. The door is propped open but a gander at the lock apparatus has not convinced me that it would not be better to hang out in the main cafe. The cranberry pecan bread is a MUST for THANKSGIVING left-overs….
The PRINCESS DONUT: a mondo cream puff with REAL CUSTARD FILLING
The MARBLE BROWNIE
The MULTIGRAIN BREAD ( toss in the freezer if you will not finish a loaf in a few days…)
Last weekend I had the chance to meet educators and artists at BINDERS ARTFOLIO EVENT. On Friday, I shared the work in my STILLMAN & BIRN MULTIMEDIA SKETCHBOOKS. Still managed to get a rapid sketch done while the catering crew began setting up for the evening. MUSHROOM CAPS were outstanding. Getting a chance to meet so many creatives was a real treat.
On Saturday, BINDERS had a store event where there were workshops and demos. This gal is a bit foggy in the morning and this sketch proves she was in good company. An early riser does not always equal a morning person: I need a hour of mentally swimming through pudding before I can really start the day.
One of the things I like about the STILLMAN & BIRN journals is that the paper is drawing friendly and paint worthy. Usually papers do not have both these qualities in balance. The demonstration showed the use of wet and dry techniques, alternating painting with drawing to create a full image. I used Caran D’Ache Neocolor II wax pastels and Supracolor watercolor pencils to experiment with line and wash.
Working in the time that is available…
Why do a study? It is a good question if you can conjure the ear worm of PINK FLOYD’S THE WALL without hesitation.
Watercolor is a particularly good medium for undertaking studies, especially if you are aiming for a calligraphic approach and not a photographic/tonal effect.
REASONS TO DO WATERCOLOR STUDIES:
1. CALLIGRAPHY TAKES PRACTICE
A good deal of the time, finding meaningful marks creates a sense of depth. This calligraphic approach needs a sense of spontaneity. By figuring out the patterns of marks in an experimental manner, you are more likely to understand the play of light with a natural effect. The area to the lower right shows some of this kind of thinking. I do not really understand this area yet, but the refection of the pier in the wet sand flat is an interesting moment. I will go back and do another study of just this area. I may also do a second summary painting study in gouache.
2. ASK A TUBA PLAYER
Tuba Players warm up before the concert. Go ask one.
3. CHART YOUR PROGRESS
Charting your thoughts visually provides a valuable history. Progress is a real entity in skills that require application of theory. If one is doing exactly the same thing over and over to no good end, well…painting is the same as almost anything else in this regard. The book form gives one the opportunity to assess and change direction, experiment with new ideas, and see the change that gradually develops. A bunch of random sheets of paper in the studio usually fails to achieve this effect in my experience.
4. MAKE THE DAY REAL & REALIZED
Your life is worth visual documentation. If one is going to TWITTER and FACEBOOK and EMAIL- I would suggest that a visual journal will no doubt take the same amount of time and will provide a more meaningful document at the end of the day.
5. MIX IT UP
The first image in on the ivory paper of a DELTA journal. I recently discovered the slight warmth is wonderful for interiors and portraits. The smooth surface of the ZETA journal lends itself to creating little blobs and marks with tidelines just like hot press watercolor paper. If you are working with the same paper all the time (for study and for larger works ) how will you know about different effects based on paper participation?
Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
Well, for a dude who painted gardens —old Monet was a bit high strung!
Took longer than usual to work on this piece, spending about an hour and change building intensity with the crayons. Beautiful weather…