Saturday, August 9, 2008
New and Improved Flotsam and Jetsam
After looking at those seashells again today, I really didn't care for them at all. Oh I know they were good exercises, fun little sketches...but I can usually get a good feel for my subject pretty early on in the game. I was so caught up in the details yesterday, that I lost sight of the emotions I wanted to convey - FRESH! CLEAN! FUN!
So after working on a little comic strip ACEO for my lovely client Susan Knickerbocker (so patient and easy to work with - and always has a blessing for me), I went back to my paintings one more time. What I needed was to take the objects I liked and rearrange them with a lot more white space around them. I also changed from cold press paper (rough surface) to hot press paper (smooth). That way I could really get a clean look with the ink.
I drew the objects in ink first, then applied just a little bit of watercolor, and took a break. When I came back I decided that the white background wasn't right, so I wet the paper and dropped in very watery washes of cerulean and quinacridone rose - just enough to get a pretty beach theme going with not too much color.
A few shadows on the objects finished it all off. Much better!