|1. gouache sketch-opaque|
|2. gouache sketch-used as watercolors|
|3. color mixing and testing for painting; inspiration palette image|
|4. initial sketch on board prior to painting|
|5. Slated for sanding and ready for a new life|
|after the sanding; 1 coat of primer|
Image #2 shows the second sketch. Too busy for me and I have toned it down for the painting. Image # 3 shows my color tests and flesh mixes for the painting. It's easier for me to work this out beforehand. Image #4 shows the sketch laid out on the board and ready to be painted.
Image #5 shows what I did on Friday AM before it got too hot. The reason behind needing 9 new 8" x 8"boards is a story for another day but suffice to say, I went rooting around in my stock of Bad Art (there's a lot there!) and came up with 9 boards. The image shows the boards prior to me taking the electric hand sander to them. (Don't tell Rich.) The last image, which I can't get turned right side up, shows the boards after the sanding and coat of primer. They need to be re sanded and have some gesso applied prior to painting. Several years ago I read a post by Terry Jarrard-Dimond, a South Carolina textile artist. She advocates culling through your work and tossing what isn't relevant or indicative of where you hope to be as an artist. I thought she was nuts at the time but I now see the merit in her argument. I can see the argument both ways actually, both for keeping and for tossing your work. Anyway, it's a liberating idea and helped me to sand over those paintings.
OK, I really hope everyone has a creative week. I have some drawings to work on and a painting or two to finish. Thanks for reading and commenting.