I haven't done much painting yet this year so I decided to take small steps. This was conceived of and begun as a sketch; but I am thrilled by the results. You may recognize the silver background from an earlier piece. I think I am putting it to better use here. By gluing the paper to the wood panel then peeling, scraping and sanding it away I created a weathered surface to begin painting upon.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
I really like the progress I am making with this drawing. Currently I am using a white out pen to build a trail of white circles throughout the image. The resulting marks seem like cobwebs, but more importantly they are giving structure to the composition and strengthening the drawing. I am toying with titles for this piece and would appreciate input. The first word I like is "nourish" and I think it is captured by the addition of the embossed golden circles at the bird's feet - like seeds. The second word I like is "vesper". I love anything related to the Catholic church all that creepy, mystical, ritual...But these are Vesper Sparrows as well which we have in the marshes around Massachusetts. Any votes?
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
This is a drawing I've been sitting on for a week, but I'm very excited to be sharing it with you now. I think it is a good commingling of the various ideas I have been working through over the fall. I drew the gathering of birds then masked them off and began working with the ink. The masking fluid unfortunately pulled up all my pencil marks, but I suspected that might happen. I'll have to fill in the details on the birds again. I am working on a gorgeous and large piece of Khadi paper (a cotton rag paper handmade in India). It's 28 x 40" and so so thick it can just about stand up on its own.