Posts Tagged ‘sketchbooks’

PAINTING OTHERS TO FIND YOURSELF

July 16, 2015
CROPPED, full figure. MAN WITH AN OLIVE WALL. . copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Reproduce or PIN on PINTERST. Caran D'ACHE Neocolor 2 on STILLMAN AND BIRN ZETA PAPER.

CROPPED, full figure. MAN WITH AN OLIVE WALL. . copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Reproduce or PIN on PINTEREST. Caran D’ACHE Neocolor 2 on STILLMAN AND BIRN ZETA PAPER.

Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.

JACKSON POLLOCK

I have been attending open session figure drawing classes this summer. It is the best meditation. Trying to truly see another person takes complete concentration, complete surrender on a certain level. Once the drawing process begins to take form, it is impossible to consciously THINK about anything else: one is fully invested in the present experience.

This sketch has been cropped for posting from a full figure pose.
I am using Caran D’Ache NEOCOLOR 2 watersoluble pastel crayons on STILLMAN AND BIRN ZETA multimedia paper. Strong fine lines are made with Conte pencil or DERWENT DRAWING pencil crayon. Zeta paper is able to withstand layers of wash and drawing without pills or abrasion.
Working over the course of about 2 hours, the slight adjustments of the model make me realize that nothing in life is still. Nothing. Charting movement, light, and singular moments of clear color become the activity. The wordy thinking-mind is silent. The eye is open. When the model takes a breath, so do I.
The end result is a surprise. The journey is everything.

EVERYDAY ABSTRACTION

July 4, 2015
Cropped section, full figure study. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce or Pin on Pinterest. Caran D'Ache Neocolor 2 on Canson Mi-Tientes paper.

Cropped section, full figure study. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce or Pin on Pinterest. Caran D’Ache Neocolor 2 on Canson Mi-Tientes paper.

Painter after painter, since the beginning of the century, has tended toward abstraction. First, the Impressionists simplified the landscape in terms of color, and then the Fauves simplified it again by adding distortion, which, for some reason, is a characteristic of our century.
MARCEL DUCHAMP

5 minute warm-ups. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do  not reproduce or PIN ON PINTEREST.

5 minute warm-ups. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce or PIN ON PINTEREST.

Early morning sketches at the NORTH CAROLINA ACADEMY OF ART…

SELF PORTRAIT AS A BEAN COUNTER: NEOCOLOR CRAYONS

June 21, 2015
SELF PORTRAIT AS A BEAN COUNTER. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. DO NOT REPRODUCE or PIN ON PINTEREST. CARAN D' ACHE NEOCOLOR WAX PASTELS  ON INGRES PAPER.

SELF PORTRAIT AS A BEAN COUNTER. copyright 2015 ELLEN WARD. All rights reserved. DO NOT REPRODUCE or PIN ON PINTEREST. CARAN D’ ACHE NEOCOLOR WAX PASTELS ON INGRES PAPER.

INSPIRATION… SHE NEVER VISITS THE LAZY
David Hockney

True dat.

Another round with  NEOCOLOR 1 and NEOCOLOR 2 wax pastels, applied dry to charcoal paper.

When in doubt do a selfie, it protects the innocent!

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!

URBAN SKETCHING: NOVA’S BAKERY

November 9, 2013
NOVA BAKERY, ROCK HILL SC. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

NOVA BAKERY, ROCK HILL SC. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

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….

CHECK OUT:

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…)

THE LIGHT IN THE CITY

October 12, 2013
SUMMARY  PAINTING, CITY LIGHTS. ©2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. GOUACHE IN STILLMAN & BIRN BETA JOURNAL

SUMMARY PAINTING, CITY LIGHTS. ©2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. GOUACHE IN STILLMAN & BIRN BETA JOURNAL.

Concrete holds a lot of color if you look closely and pay attention. This is painted in a STILLMAN & BIRN BETA JOURNAL, which has paper with a bit of tooth. Gouache needs some drag, so paper with a slight texture is a move in the right direction.

Summary painting seems to have taken hold of me. The challenge is in the swift deployment and in the attempt to capture a sense of place through light. Faster than a New York minute.

It is a good way to get into the painting practice if you are limited in time and studio space.

Squinting seems to be the best way to judge if the image is going in the right direction. This image used a big flat brush that stymied any urge to create too much detail.

 

THE BEAUTIFUL OFF KILTER

January 5, 2013
BAKERS CREEK. © 2013 Ellen Ward. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce reblog or pin. Pentel Pocket brush pen

BAKERS CREEK. © 2013 Ellen Ward. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce reblog or pin. Pentel Pocket brush pen

Real beauty knocks you a little bit off kilter.

DAVID BYRNE

Pentel makes a wonderful thing: THE PENTEL POCKET BRUSH PEN. It is essentially a fountain pen with a brush tip— and many of my recent drawings are using it to create bold, high contrast images. It is a handy portable tool, without the mess of carrying a bottle of black india ink about in your pocket. I stopped bringing india ink when I had an explosion on a sketch trip–leaving me sticky, inky, and looking like I dug the Holland Tunnel with my bare hands. Pentel has got me happy again…

Drawing with a brush is an excellent approach to daily practice for a number of reasons:

• It is efficient: you are drawing and painting at the same time

• A brush line leads one to simplify the image, and this pushes the artist to be interpretive not repetitive. Why do you want to draw a photo to look like a photo? Leave that by the wayside: draw to interpret the world, to see it through your point of view, to document it through your own eyes.

• Working with a brush makes you more sensitive to line quality. Small changes in pressure and angle dramatically alter the path of a line, the emotional content of your subject matter, and your body language.

• Ink is definite! It is bold! It is undeniable. Frittering around with ghostly pale lines can leave you in a state of perpetual indecision. In drawing he who bumbles about in the everlasting gray — ends up having a hard time really seeing the subject matter. GET TO THE POINT. I advise everyone to take time to draw with ink, without any pencil guides…at any stage of your experience. Drive the bike without training wheels. Learn to see all lines as good lines. Learn to make drawings that are true and honest. Let finesse come later, because it is not going to come sooner!

• Less is more. Using a tool that makes you think about each movement on the page also makes you mindful and perhaps economical.

LATE BLOOMERS

October 20, 2012

Sketches done before sleep.
The last cosmos and zinnias of the summer.

HAPPY CAT WITH FLOWERS. © 2012 Ellen Ward. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce, reblog or pin. Pitt artist pens and Polychromos pencils

Description is revelation.
WALLACE STEVENS

VASE WITH SHELL. © 2012 Ellen Ward. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce, reblog or pin. Pitt artist pens and Polychromos pencils

I do not judge, I only chronicle.
JOHN SINGER SARGENT

ALWAYS BE PREPARED: URBAN SKETCHING IN THE RAINY PARKING LOT

January 23, 2012

Sketching in a rainy parking lot and losing the light, Pitt markers, copyright 2012 Ellen Ward, All rights reserved

My pal M.B. gifted me with a set of Pitt markers.They are fabulous and do not smell like Sharpie Funk. My sketchbook and markers are kept in the car for brief moments when I can get some ROUGHSKETCHING done. Night was falling, it was raining, and I just decided to stay put in the car for a few minutes until the deluge passed. WHY NOT? Little bits of neon pinpoint strip malls. Like snow, night hides all manner of eyesores. Sky was a beautiful blue. The commonplace became more beautiful when I took the time to see it differently.

WHEN DYEING… DRAW

September 18, 2011

copyright Ellen Ward 2011 all rights reserved

Be an impressionist if you are getting your roots done and are also blind as a bat without glasses! Doodled this while fresh in the ammonia stank of the monthly dye job. Everything was reduced to blurry values and since this blog is called ROUGHSKETCH..well here’s another. Drawing on the fly with little concern for outcome is a welcome relief from years of incredibly precise work.