Saturday, July 9, 2011
I think I have found the perfect material that combines all the ways I like to work! I think of it as the perfect storm. The Inktense Blocks allow me to draw, paint with both subtlety and intensity, and incorporate the look of pastel. Pastel has been a favorite art material for years but I do very little because I don't like all the dust that can be breathed in and it seems vulnerable too smearing unless matted and framed. I like that watercolor or acrylic on paper can be so easily stored. Watercolor crayons look pasty when dissolved with water and Watercolor Sticks look gorgeous when dissolved with water but stick and drag when trying to draw with them.
This is a painting I partially covered over with collaged torn newspaper. I drew the basic abstract shapes with a permanent marker, painted in the white shapes with gesso, then proceeded to finish the painting with the Inktense Blocks and gesso. I purposefully distorted the image. I think I may have gotten a little carried away with the distortion, but it was a fun image to play with.
On another note, it has been brought to my attention that airline prices to Europe are almost half of what I paid a few months ago. There is still time to sign up if you are interested in my Belgium trip through French Escapades. Drawing and painting in Bruge is going to be fabulous!
Posted by Myrna Wacknov at 8:16 AM