Art Every Day Month, day 25

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This was an exercise in adding and taking away using pencils, graphite powder, and erasers, leaving a history of mark-making on the page. I think I could have pushed it further, but I started to run out of daylight. I’ve found that I can work comfortably after dark with bolder materials such as ink and even charcoal, but for materials such as oil paint or (as it turns out) graphite, my studio lighting seems insufficient for me to see as much nuance as I want to. With the short days in Scotland these days, I’m going to have to either shift all my studio time back to the mornings, or figure out more lighting.

Art Every Day Month, day 24

3inkchalkportraits - 1

For this one I used the exact same reference photos in the same configuration as my piece from two days ago. I almost ever do this, but I figure there’s probably a lot to be learned from repeating an exercise so closely. For this one I wasn’t happy with how faint the white ink was, so I augmented it with some other white materials – first a water-soluble wax pastel, and then a big stick of white charcoal.

Art Every Day Month, day 23

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More experimenting with my new white ink today. As suspected, it’s not as obvious on white paper, even when layered into dark areas. It does add some nice subtle tonal variations in some spots, however. I should try it on a flat surface, where it will have the chance to pool instead of just dripping down the page.

I woke up to find I had sold a painting on Etsy overnight. I love waking up to messages like that. One of my last Munich Christmas market paintings is off to Australia today.

Art Every Day Month, day 22

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Yay, new art supplies arrived today. I had made an order a while ago, but there were a couple things out of stock that finally got here. One of them was white ink, which I have never worked with before. To test it out, I decided to try the three faces exercise again. I used a mid-toned sketch paper, because I figured I’d get the most impact out of the white ink on a non-white surface (even though the paper isn’t really strong enough to be used with wet media – as you can see I ended up with a very wrinkly surface). I also used black ink and an ink wash.

I was disappointed that the white ink wasn’t pigmented enough to show up much when used with a dip pen, but it did leave some interesting effects when applied with a brush. More experimentation necessary.

Art Every Day Month, day 21

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Experiments in expressive portraiture today. I was especially trying to not make the two halves of the face symmetrical. I probably could have pushed it further – will work on this one some more and see what happens.

Art Every Day Month, day 20

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I seem to be in a pattern this week, always thinking that tomorrow I’ll have more time for making art. To be fair, I’ve been busy with art-related activities, if not necessarily the making of it. Tomorrow I’m hanging another show, so today I’ve been occupied with choosing work, making labels, and the like. After that’s done, I should truly have more time to dedicate to painting and drawing. Still a third of AEDM left to go – hopefully it turns out to be the best third.

Today I figured I might as well sketch from the flowers I bought earlier this week. I doubt they’ll be in bloom much longer. Not a usual subject for me, but always nice to play with new things.

Art Every Day Month, day 19

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Today I drew three portraits on top of each other, another exercise in my expressive drawing course. It’s interesting, having this course overlap with Art Every Day Month – most of these exercises are things I wouldn’t normally post, but I have enjoyed all the feedback they’ve received. Perhaps I should be posting experiments all year long.

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Above is the piece after just one portrait; below is after two. Each portrait was limited to about 5 minutes.

3portraits - 2

Art Every Day Month, day 18

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Another quick expressive experiment today, with pools of ink swirling around on wet paper. I was hoping to have more time for art this week, but so far it hasn’t worked out. Hopefully I’ll have a more interesting piece to share tomorrow.

Art Every Day Month, day 17

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Playing around with expressive drawing in ink today. I don’t think this one’s quite done, but I want to get something posted before I head to bed.

Still struggling to catch up with all the things I was putting off last week when I was preparing for my presentation. Will be back on top of things soon.

Art Every Day Month, day 16

lily - 1

Barely getting a post up for today, but I made it. Just fit in a couple of expressive drawing exercises this evening.

Thank you so much to all of you who have said lovely encouraging things in the lead-up to my presentation yesterday. I am happy to say that it went really well, despite the nerves. I was thrilled with how engaged the audience was, how interested they were in me and my artwork. What a nice experience.

I am so behind on replying to comments and emails and other forms of interaction, but I will catch up soon. In the meantime, please interpret my silence as appreciation and thanks.