I want to expand the way that I am working. This involves changing around the studio, as I wrote about in my last post, but it also involves experimenting with new materials and hopefully new sizes. I have a sense of the direction I want to go, but am not sure about how to get there. I want to be able to go a lot bigger, and also do some very small work. I want both directions to involve more drawing rather than painterly painting.
Last week I was in my local art shop and was looking at big paper, pondering how large I might be able to go. I picked out some huge watercolour paper, and then I saw a little round canvas board (nowadays it is foam core rather than cardboard) and wanted to get it as well.
After I got home I put two more coats of gesso on the round canvas board, sanding in-between. I wanted the surface smooth. I was thinking ‘something small for the small circle’ and found a photo I took of a very cute baby with oodles of personality last Christmas. I wanted her to be reaching towards something, and as I was musing I noticed this daddy long legs spider on the desk.
Such a tiny thing, the camera saw it better than I could. We have lots of these spiders, they seem such dreamlike fragile creatures.
I decided she could be in the piece.
Here I have drawn the composition out in pencil to place it. Notice how small it is, 8″ across. I had planned to draw it in with my uniball pen. But the pen isn’t working very smoothly over the gesso. and I can’t get the variation of line that I do on paper.
A friend suggested using a brush for drawing. I got out some acrylic ink and began drawing with a tiny number 2 brush. It didn’t take much time for me to feel very comfortable drawing with the brush. This could be a way for me to bring drawing onto gessoed surfaces like canvas and wood. I think I could prefer it to using pen like I did with my acrylic paintings on wood (to see an example you can go here.)
I also have a finished drawing to show you, but it will have to wait until my next post as I am not certain that it is finished. Usually I need to leave them to ‘cook’ just to make sure.
And finally I had to share the colour I chose for the studio. It is called silky sage and is the light green on the right.
I am currently in the process of figuring out how to wash the walls before I paint them. I was trying to use the hose today but there is no water pressure from the tank behind the studio. I really don’t want to have to do it with a bucket.