We are making a few changes in our lives. It’s all good news and hopefully I will be able to share more very soon. In the meantime, I came across these photos of WIP paintings I have not shared here before. I was experimenting with photographing cropped views of paintings. While I shared the finished paintings before, I rather like the WIPs too, and I hope you do as well.
I will also share a few of my habits with these photos.
This one is a painting of the a street light in the old city of York. You have probably guessed by now that I love painting weathered stone structures and walls. On these kinds of paintings, I typically draw every single stone before I start painting. It tends to give me a lot better overview of the perspective.
Remember the Steampunk Fleur de Lis? I love the challenge of figuring out how a steampunk mechanism might work. This was my planning sketch. I use old scrap pieces of paper for the planning phase. I should really use a drawing sketchbook, but I like using paper that would otherwise end up in the recycling bin.
Once I was satisfied with the steampunk mechanism, I drew and painted on my good sketchbook paper.
Ink and markers are my favourite quick painting tools. The days I don’t feel like dragging out paint, brush, water, rag, etc., I fall back on markers. Painting is quite therapeutic as is, but markers bring out the child in me.
I am a stickler for straight lines even when I am drawing rocks. During my college years, I fell in love with my husband’s Rotring set-square and I promptly wanted one for my classes too. He obliged, and it is still my favourite tool. Unfortunately it has since been discontinued by Rotring, so I better take care of mine!
Sea stacks and star trails
I love rain. I love to be outside when it rains, specially when it is a rain storm. I love to hear the sound of rain on the hood of my rain jacket or on my umbrella. If I am not outside and if I am not reading while it’s raining, I paint. This was one of those paintings.
A lot of people draw out quick sketch with very little detail, and add those details while painting. I really stink at that. I like to draw in quite a lot of detail before I feel comfortable enough to add paint. Sometimes I paint over some of the details, while other times I let the pencil marks show through the painting.
Unlike the first painting, I didn’t paint it stone by stone from my drawing, but used them as a general guide. In retrospect, I didn’t need to draw that many stones. Hopefully I will remember that next time.
I have never actively thought of developing creative idiosyncrasies, but now I realise I have formed quite a few. Do you feel the same way too, while creating?
Until next time,
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