I’ve been exploring a new way to sketch, synthesizing many different approaches and methods using a variety of media in a large 12″x18″ format. I will be demonstrating this new direction at Art Walk Fest, at the Gunnison Arts Center, this Friday, September 7th from 5:00-8:00 PM.
In my never-ending quest to become more and more loose, I am sketching directly with watercolor or pastel, then developing form and structure from the loose shapes I set on paper. In studying the sketches of the Masters, one can see places where the artist is searching for “the line;” the place where the contour line makes the shape correct. Then by adding value, the form can emerge.
For me, these exercises are like a scientist performing experiments, getting results, and acting on the data sets. I will use this experience to begin painting in oils. I want my oils to be loose and direct, not layered and classical, with a build up of glazes.
Join me in Gunnison Friday night. My sketches from this past week will be available for $50 each.
I began the week using white gouache with watercolor, sketching with my brush directly on the watercolor pad. Later, I progressed to sketching with pastel, and adding watercolor or watercolor & gouache washes over the pastel contour lines. In my most recent composition, I have made an underpainting of pastel. I plan to add the watercolor washes on Friday. Come out to see the results of this experiment. For now, I’ve been painting horses. On Friday, I plan to also sketch a few flowers, as time allows.
Beginning Friday during Art Walk and continuing through the month of September, I will offer all my matted bin work at 50% off. These works are
backed with foam core and ready for your frame. This is a great opportunity to become a collector of my artwork. I look forward to seeing you this Friday evening. Besides Art in Action, a full range of Art Walk activities are offered, including a free concert featuring Niceness.