I recently decided that I'd like to try my hand at blogging. I think that writing about my work will be a good opportunity to give some insight into what exactly I do, and keep me focused on my work while moving at a good clip. Besides, I love writing.
I recently completed a fun project: a 4' x 4' painting of a marble Cartouche. I started out with an image of a very interesting marble that frequently broke out into a granite- like texture.
I began by sizing the piece with animal glue (which was a wonderful idea-- paint has never gone on more smoothly in my life), before painting sections of the piece with a red and orange wet blend, which I strategically painted back over with a blue gray. Afterwards I tackled it with a series of washes and spatters to give it the marble- granite hybrid that intrigued me so much in the first place.
I later carefully applied water to dried areas of the piece before dipping a string in paint and gently laying it down, picking part of it up, and laying it back down elsewhere to create the soft, branching veins. This, by far, was my favorite part of making the ground. Once it was ready, I put a green glaze down to bring everything together and finalize the ground.
I continued by drawing the cartouche out on brown paper, before pouncing and transferring it to the ground with charcoal. After determining the direction of light I used scenic ink (French Enamel Varnish) to hit the cut lines. The benefit of FEV is that it will continue to show, even once it's been painted over repeatedly. Once you put a line down, it's never going away.
Once the cut lines were down, I began putting in the cast shadow, shade, highlight, and sparkle. Each was a slightly different color; the shadows were variations of green, and the highlights were variations of orange. By the time I'd put everything down, I realized that the shadows just weren't working, so I glazed over them with a red- purple to bring them closer to blue. After all, a shadow is the complement of it's light.