Building An Idea – Leafy Thing

Started as a doodle, whatever a doodle is, turned into a leafy thing, then it needed a pot. Last semester, I played a little with opposing curves to add body and direction to form. I let this one flow randomly and it grew without much guidance or intention.

Building An Idea – Innocent Advertising???

I'm fascinated and amused by the advertisements of the 1940's to 1960's. There's always a tension between innocence and the desire to corrupt. I mean, what little kid wouldn't think a smiling cigarette just wants to be their friend?

Building An Idea – Textured Points

I forgot to mention that one of the categories prompted by our drawing teacher was doodles. Doodles? That could be anything! Too many possibilities and choices for me. So, I reverted to some amorphous shapes, loosely ornamented with dots. I think there are 2 like this one.

Building An Idea – Part 2

Please take a peak at yesterday's post regarding the unpacking of an idea in this semester's drawing class. You can consider this post as an introduction to the specific pieces that will follow. Because these are rapid (almost spontaneous) drawings, I am not sure how much I will have to say about each. At this … Continue reading Building An Idea – Part 2

Building An Idea – Part 1

At the end of last semester, the drawing teacher gave us some homework. I frankly didn't understand what he intended to do and he said he did that on purpose. The task was to do 4 or 5 rapid drawings every day of the Xmas break in order to have between 40 and 60 to … Continue reading Building An Idea – Part 1

People of Some Distinction – A New Series

Born from paintings I saw on a trip to the Dominican Republic (eons ago) and a desire to evolve my People of the land series, I created this new series. I have to be honest, it's been sitting in the current state in my storage room for over a year and I finally pulled it … Continue reading People of Some Distinction – A New Series

Sawsan's Elephant Project – Building the beast

Ok, so there are a few steps added this time. I got zealous and just worked on it, before taking step pictures. The first thing you might notice since the last photo, is the gradual homogenization of the background. Like the photo, I wanted it to look like a cloudy, foggy, moody thing. There have … Continue reading Sawsan's Elephant Project – Building the beast

Sawsan's Elephant Project – Pulling the animal out

I now started adding watered down black to show shadows and round out the contours. The effect often pulls forth greater contrasts in the whites previously applied. This is where the self-doubt can take hold and drive me into fits of overthinking. I know what's coming next so i keep pushing on and my excitement … Continue reading Sawsan's Elephant Project – Pulling the animal out

Sawsan's Elephant Project – The fun begins

Now I'm attacking the contrast and contours, the background, and foreground all at once... I forget how much this can be fun and how much it tries my patience when working in acrylics. I don't blend on the canvas in the same way I can in oils. I have to layer. It's a long and … Continue reading Sawsan's Elephant Project – The fun begins

Sawsan's Elephant Project – Adding Contrast

I didn't mention it last post, but I've moved the easel to better lighting to work under. In this picture you might be able to notice that I started adding movement behind the elephant. This is how i feel the contrast builds. I used different whites with a dry brush technique. More to come...