"Turning Red" Study
Vine Charcoal on Paper
18 1/2" x 19 1/2"
All done! I love it. I love charcoal. It is such a romantic medium. I get to use my fingers to shmear and shmooth and push the particles around... and then erase and carve out those highlights I love so much! Just as if I was holding a brush. Charcoal really allows for such a soft feel, yet with the added benefit of just a hint of texture in the strokes.
I can't help but to include this one in my next upcoming show in May. In fact, this was so fun that I will most likely do a charcoal for the next 3 pieces too and hang them with the final paintings that are in color - kind of a before and after with two totally different feels.
So time for a selfish plug.. my next show:
Friday night -May 8th from 6 pm- 9:30 pm
Saturday night - May 9th from noon - 5 pm
My show location is designated the same as last year at"
Equinox Healing Arts Massage Studio (click for directions)
Now onward to step two. The painting. The part that always scares me to death. STARTING. I must have stared at my blank white gessobord today for like 2 hours, then looked back at my empty palette, and then back at my drawing, back and forth back and forth. I sort of do this every time I start a big project. I tend to paint in my head first. As if I am an actor reciting my lines before a performance. Kind of a ritual for me, mixed with anxiety and excitement. We'll see what tomorrow brings.
What is your pre-painting ritual?