Saturday, November 3, 2018

Experimental drawing

I'm so drawn to messy leaves, plants and weeds.  I love hedgerows and tangled undergrowth. I have no idea why, but it gives me joy.  I'm also yearning to be able to paint in a semi-abstract way, more intuitively, so I embarked upon this layered drawing to try and develop something of my own.

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Here's the first layer.  Water-soluble  pastels on plain white paper.  I use clear gesso between my layers.

Next, More water-soluble pastels. I love using these, the colours are so spontaneous and easy to apply.  I started out trying to keep a restricted palette.  Epic fail.  I always end up throwing ALL THE COLOURS at my work.  Le sigh.

I also realised that trying to divide up the image in a sort of loose grid was a mistake.  But hey, it's just an experimental drawing.

Here, I added more colour to the negative (background) image. Again with water-soluble pastels.

Lastly, Out came the new coloured pencils, and I laid in colour over the positive image, the leaves and stalks. I made another mistake here, and damaged to overwork the clear gesso in this layer.  So everything went slightly grubby and the colours are less intense in the photo than they look in real life.

Still, there are some lovely bits and pieces to be picked out.  Using a small image view - just a negative rectangle cut out of card - I found some nice ideas to work on and maybe enlarge as more abstract drawings.

Ima try again.  Watch this space.


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