a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
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a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.
Ink is a catalyst for seeing. It is definite and for the most part indelible. By drawing consistently with ink one learns to make clear decisions and develop better aim. I generally do not use a pencil underlay because it hobbles my responses and makes me lazy.
These drawings are done with ink but on 2 different papers by STILLMAN & BIRN.
ALPHA has a slight texture, which works very well when crosshatching. The paper helps to break up lines, and slow the movement of the pen. There are rabbits in the yard, so this piece was drawn in bits over time. Sometimes I will start one of these sketches and use it to focus, warm-up, or just meditate. It may be developed over weeks, with 5 or 10 minutes visits to build the image each time. Imagination comes into play combining different bits of landscape to develop a sense of space.
EPSILON has a smooth texture which I like a lot because it fosters a speedy line. The garden sketch combines marks made by both the PENTEL BRUSH PEN and a LAMY fountain pen. This is observational drawing. Navigating the chaos is the challenge when sketching. Challenging one’s skill level is the point!
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.
WORKSHOP DEMO: STILLMAN & BIRN + CARAN D’ACHE ! BINDERS CHARLOTTE! NORTH CAROLINA! BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!
In preparation for my workshop demo I decided to layer my media in a way that would be excellent for plein air painting. As you can see in these images, I work across the gutter of the journal. Few books will allow you to do this, particularly with wet media. To test the strength of the paper I painted with flat bristle brushes ( for oil painting ) sometimes scrubbing into the surface when my paint was dry. This multimedia paper can also handle the points of a watercolor pencil without surface damage to saturated paper.
I did a quick gestural drawing using a TERRACOTTA DERWENT DRAWING PENCIL. Then, I used SUPRACOLOR watercolor pencils to establish values, local color and movement. I activated the pencils with wet gouache paint left over on my palette, blending the dry pencil with the wet gouache to tint the paint. This is a method is a “wet on wet” approach.
Since this was done by looking at the television, I use the pause button and activate the scene a few times to get a sense of the movement. When the screen goes to sleep I use the interval to draw upon visual memory and paint large areas of the image. The watercolor pencils are great for both speed and intensity.
Wetting the point of a watercolor pencil can produce a strong line. Working over wet gouache it is possible to ” bring back” contour and detail after the painting process has developed a scheme of light and color. Wishing I had some loose sheets of this paper so I could work bigger ( ” over the couch” size ) with broad bristle brushes.
WHO KNEW DON DRAPER COULD RUN?
I think childhood is to everyone a lost land.
We live in a rainbow of chaos.
Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell
that was once associated with it.
This is a “THANK YOU”!
Three of my favorite people sent me this gift today and if they are reading this blog they will see what will be posted to them on Monday! Just need enough bubble wrap to seal the deal!
My grandmother always wore Chanel No.5 and Coty strawberry lipstick. She had a jumbo bottle of the bubble bath with a stopper that weighed as much as a small billiard ball.
Starting my illustration career in NY, I bought myself some to celebrate a nice paycheck. It was the winter and that purchase may have been at Macy’s on the way to Penn Station. In those days I had a navy blue wool coat that I loved and a scarf that worked as a filtration device. Whenever I got a whiff of something unpleasant — that scarf would cover my nose and the light scent of Chanel no. 5 shielded me from the *NEW YORK CITY FUNK FACTOR.
It was an exciting time: getting lost pretty regularly on the subway, falling into REM sleep on the LIRR, missing my stop, waking up in RONKONKOMA. I can still hear my father over the payphone:
” %$#!!@$% SHE DID IT AGAIN!”
He would retrieve me every time because a $50 cab ride was an insult to humanity…and the area around the station was a bit dodgy.
This smell takes me back to a time of discovery and ultimate optimism. Anything could happen and frequently did.
( Hope I don’t start gettin’ lost again…. )
* NYCFF: beer-bloated Wall Streeters burpy from street weiners and the LIRR “bar car”, the limburger smell that rises from a hot and steamy subway grate, the tired and unwashed, garbage strikes, burnt chestnuts,….oh the possibilities are endless…
The distinction between the past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
This is a color study using Neocolor II crayons in a Stillman and Birn Delta journal. I work the crayons both wet and dry to create a sense of interpreted color and light. The doors are indeed bright pink.
My reference was a small snapshot of my grandmother taken on her trip back to Ireland to visit relatives. She was always very much the posh lady: hose, heels, and pearls. Even if she was going to clean the kitchen, she wore a ” housedress”.
The true art of memory is the art of attention.
Almost every night before bed, I sketch using old photos as reference. The photos are usually damaged and very small, the images are of pretty poor quality. I only have a few. Things happen in translation. I do not always know what the drawing will look like in the end because there is never any erasing and the sketch is in ink.
This process causes me to remember things long forgotten and the people who can never be…