Well, I have not fallen off the artsy bandwagon yet~~will miracles never cease!
In continuing with the small tag sketch book, I finished the drawing on the LaFitte image, waxed some lovely laid paper and did title pages to slip in between the covers. The amount of medium used on the pages left them with a bit of *tack* and I wasn't sure if they would, over time, adhere to the sketch pages next to them.
Over cautious, I know. But when your first sketch page is something you really LOVE, it's worth the effort!
Ever since our first visit to New Orleans, I have loved the massive Live Oaks of the South. I collected acorns and have used them sparingly in my work, my dear friend Silke sent me leaves from the behemoth trees to use in other artwork, thus the first sketch of things I highly prize is the acorns of this grand lady, growing on limb.
I started with a gessoed tag, gave it a loose wash of color to get rid of that scary, frightening *WHITE* then began working with Prismacolor pencils, white gel pen and a 2H drawing pencil.
For anyone with *White Page Syndrome* I highly recommend doing a light wash of acrylic or watercolor to stain the page. Even if you are unsure what you will be drawing, the color automatically tones things down and lets the mind settle into the job quicker.
I lucked out and found that some of the movement of the paint was close to the twists and turns of the limbs, leaves and acorns.
I have not seriously drawn in a long time and all I could think of was, I feel like I am illustrating a greeting card......go figure. It wasn't that I did not enjoy the process, it is just that I have not FELT the process in so long.
I am happy with how it has progressed; I may not do a whole finished piece~~it may stay as it is. I don't know. I will leave the gessoed back plain, to include text, thoughts, etc later.
And now for the *odd things in my hand photo*.......
|This is the *wishbone* or breast bone from a duck! Doesn't it look like a toothless jawbone???|
I'll disclose this one later!
And yes, my studio is full of the most peculiar items. Including the artist that there in resides! LOL!!!
Now go make art. ;-)