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PAINTING WITH CRAYONS: Caran D’ Ache NEOCOLOR 2 + Stillman & Birn Zeta

June 19, 2015
BETTER PART OF SHADOW. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE or Pin on Pinterest.

BETTER PART OF SHADOW. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE or Pin on Pinterest.

Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic,
so what you see is not what you see.

PHILIP GUSTON
I really want to paint. In oil. In pastel.
But, it is sensible for me to avoid solvents and toxicity issues for health reasons and because there is not a dedicated ” work sink”. EXCUSES EXCUSES…CRY ME A RIVER….
So I have been muttering about exploring casein but slow to pull the pin on that grenade, when there are plenty of art supplies in studio. * {I still have a set of egg tempera in a drawer because at some point I realized I would have a better time dropping beans in a bottle with my nose rather than pick away stroke by stroke like a monk in the Middle Ages}.
Can I reinvent my process with existing materials, to get a painterly experience without fumes, pigment dust, or cruddy brushes? MAYBE. Let’s not give in to a failure of imagination before July.
The pastel yearning can be answered with Caran D’Ache NEOCOLOR 2 watersoluble wax pastels.
The painterly yearning can be addressed by starting with a toned ground which will allow me to manipulate surface paint into smudges and smears. I used Daniel Smith’s watercolor ground with a touch of M. Graham gouache for tint, based on a recommendation from my friend Janis ( a superior watercolorist and pigment poobah of the highest order ).
The need for a versatile surface can be answered by STILLMAN + BIRN’S ZETA mixed media paper.
Working alternately wet and dry with these crayons has opened up some new possibilities in life drawing sessions.  Just beginning to apply some ‘know- how’ to interpreting some other ideas to this method.
Just might be a painter’s summer yet!

TRAVEL LIGHT

February 8, 2015
OUR TOWN CINEMA, DAVIDSON NC. Copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD, All Rights Reserved. Do not Pin on Pinterest: you will  be in copyright violation.

OUR TOWN CINEMA, DAVIDSON NC. Copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD, All Rights Reserved. Do not Pin on Pinterest: you will be in copyright violation.

I decided to travel light at the end of 2014, using a very small sketchbook that could fit in my coat pocket. Most of these sketches use a fountain pen and a few markers.

BRICKHOUSE TAVERN, DAVIDSON, NC. Copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD, All Rights Reserved. Do not Pin on Pinterest: you will  be in copyright violation

BRICKHOUSE TAVERN, DAVIDSON, NC. Copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD, All Rights Reserved. Do not Pin on Pinterest: you will be in copyright violation

The journal is 4.25″ x 6.25″ in dimension. The reduction in size helped me to loosen up and simplify the drawings.

PANERA: CONCORD, NC.  Copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD, All Rights Reserved. Do not Pin on Pinterest: you will be in copyright violation

PANERA: CONCORD, NC. Copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD, All Rights Reserved. Do not Pin on Pinterest: you will be in copyright violation.

Rapid sketching is valuable because it reinforces the importance of gesture, and lets you eat your meal while it is still hot!

TOAST: DAVIDSON, NC  Copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD, All Rights Reserved. Do not Pin on Pinterest: you will be in copyright violation

TOAST: DAVIDSON, NC Copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD, All Rights Reserved. Do not Pin on Pinterest: you will be in copyright violation