Archive for January, 2011
Ending the month on a plus note. Finished an etching (3×5) from one of the beginning-of-the-month sketches, although it is more drypoint than etch. Decided to do an edition of 20 and printed 1st six today. Will make two Artist Proofs (A.P.) – being that one is allowed 10% of the edition for Artist Proofs.
After finishing a linocut, the gouging bug carried over into my next painting project. I started with a 24″x24″x1/2″ good one side plywood. First, it was primed, sanded, gesso, and sand again. Next, I needed a theme and a background. Most immediate was the forest next to the driveway – did some sketches to get the feel and then painted in a hazy, foggy blend of warm and cool acrylic colors. Then, V & U-gouged the rhythm of the forest with assistance from some pounce-wheels and Dremel®. Then, glazed more colors over 1st layer of colors. After that, took dark acrylics (black, burnt umber, blue) and pushed them into the recessed gouged parts and wiped like an etching plate – leaving the cutout parts of the wood a dark color. When dry, more glazing – brushing in lighter colored forest – glazing and painting til done.
Parts of the lawn has moss taking over and I am without an aerator. Decided to kill two birds with one stone by eliminating the moss and keeping my golf swing in tune. My Pitching Iron does a clean job of skimming the moss away divot-by-divot. Later in Spring, the lawn mower will pulverize the divots and grass seed will be sown.
Did some plein air today at another artist’s home located between Empire and Charleston – closer to Charleston – overlooking Coos Bay, the north spit, and the bar where the bay empties into the Pacific. It was very overcast and there was a fine mist. I selected a twisty tree in front of the sky and water because I wanted to experiment painting lines with a twig rather than a brush. I was pleased with the result – the lines came out more natural and loose.