Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Seven: A Deconstructed Italian Flag?

See T'Hed Fifty-Six for more... Ok, so maybe I'm reaching with my title question... a red stripe... a white stripe... where's the green stripe? Perhaps the yellow and blue floaters have the answer... if they combine... Yes, I'm reaching! The rough and raw feel (ie: messy) that I love works on this one and gives … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Seven: A Deconstructed Italian Flag?

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Six: The pros and cons of small faces

See T'Hed Fifty-Five for more... It works... I think it works, right? The crayons spread the China marker and muddy the colours I choose for the skins... it shows less on larger faces, but adds some volume to these smaller ones. The subtle background colour choices really helped with allowing the gouache to make more … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Six: The pros and cons of small faces

Working out an Inspiration – T’hed Fifty-Five: Using Mistakes

See more at T'Hed Fifty-Five... I think the use of more subtle colours over the surface is allowing the black outlines to jump forward. As I went through a couple of inches of China marker making them, regardless of my fruitless attempts at not breaking it. I might have to retry charcoal with other materials... … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’hed Fifty-Five: Using Mistakes

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Four: Trusting the material a little more…

See more at T'Hed Fifty-Three... I feel this might be the best of the five I did this same day. Maybe it's the bigger face that allows the contracting colours to sine individually, or it's that I was using the materials a little better to cover the surface, or my colour choices just worked better... … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Four: Trusting the material a little more…

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Two: Working with mistakes

See T'Hed Fifty-One because you really want to and you know it! Still sticking with the yellow-ish printer paper as my substrate (and I've prepared several others with it...); I glued on some wallpaper and old (cotton paper) music sheet pieces. I let it dry before painting on some gouache, and let dry again. This … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Two: Working with mistakes

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-One: Mixing it up!

See T'Hed Fifty... just because! Sticking with the odd (11" x 17', yellow-ish printer paper) as a base, I glued on a scrap piece of wallpaper, and tried to paint on some (black) gouache. Then I let it dry (to see if the pastels would work better on the dry paper, because they tore it … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-One: Mixing it up!

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty: Is the story getting more layers?

See T'Hed Forty-Nine... just because! Boredom helps inspire new directions... sometimes! I have this weird paper: yellow with a parchment mottling on it, 11" x 17"... could be a special printer paper, as it isn't very thick. I decided to glue on some old music sheet (cotton) paper pieces to it, paint on some gouache, … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty: Is the story getting more layers?

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Nine: Enough Crayons?

See T'Hed Forty-Eight for similar oddities... The medium didn't do justice to the design... well, it kinda does... Here pastels might have given a more oil painting feel and I wondered if I could have used acrylics and a pallet knife to get the texture and increase the vibrancy... I could blame the poor quality … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Nine: Enough Crayons?

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Eight: Back to wavering left-ish

See T'Hed Forty-Seven for more on these strangenesses... I think this is the basic form and my stock of old crayons is running low on vibrant choices... it feels like a deal of uncertainty was placed on the colour choices and the effect feel unspectacular to me. In retrospect, the colours were not the issue, … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Eight: Back to wavering left-ish

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Seven: Exit the inner-child

See T'Hed Forty-Six for more on this process... Ok, so the floating orange blocks appear to be the stars (focal point) of this composition... Perhaps that's the essence of how my inner-child feels... always somewhat in the background! Loosely formed, faded, and fragile; my inner-child tries with all its might to stand tall and solid … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Forty-Seven: Exit the inner-child