Thursday, January 28, 2010

Importance of drawing to painting

This is a work in progress of Tiffany at the Sewing Machine. It is a 36" X 48" oil on canvas. Due to my zeal to finish the piece completely with the model, I rushed through the drawing and the underpainting, making the actual painting substantially more difficult. I spent more time correcting the drawing errors, thus negating all my intentions. It is critical to take the time in the beginning to make sure that everything is in order before you continue. Taking the right steps at the right time relieves much of the tension and anxiety to painting. I managed to save the piece and recover its direction, but it will now take me longer and it still did will not be right.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Deluge Series

These are two proofs of work in progress. The pieces are part of a series titled "Deluge." By repeating certain motifs in both the linocut and the etching I am allowed the opportunity to examine the same image in different ways. This actually helps develop the compositions by learning from each style and incorporating that insight into future interations or revisions of the work. The plan is to explore the theme in 7 different media; etching, linocut, b&w graphite drawing, oil painting, watercolor, pastel and bronze cast relief.