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This mornings warm up was a suprise... been looking a lots of asian art lately and gave birth to this beauty... definitely going to do more!
sumi brush/ink acrylic paint mixed with slo dri medium on paper
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While following and studying artist "Ashley Wood" - one day I read that he really liked the master "John Singer Sargent." The moment I read that I looked that artist up on the internet and began to study his work. I told my mentor "John Mahoney" how I had found another artist that I was looking at. John said, "You should paint some of Sargent's paintings." At first it seemed daunting because Sargent so awesome.
That was a couple months ago in the summer. Here we are November/December and I finally built up the gaul to attempt a Sargent Study. This is done in acrylics in a 5x8 moleskine sketchbook. I used a "Liquitex Slow Dri fluid medium" to help give more working time to the acrylics as well as for blending. The acrylics still dry fast but I like them because they force you to make a decision when painting. You don't have all day to fuss around in the same area and that also helps with leaving the beautiful brush stokes (I love them). Sargent's original piece (Fumée d'Ambre Gris) was done in oil on canvas. I tried to mimic the oil look in this piece as best I could with the acrylics. I am pleased with the out come.
Oh yeah' I did put my own little twist on the overall layout.
Another drawing i started on the AC Transit that I added acrylic paint to at home.
I always want to see the process photos of my favorite artist... there aren't enough out there so I will be posting my process photos from now on for those who can gain from them. I find that you can learn a great deal by studying the step by step shots even when there is not instruction. Sometime artist who like to record they're process, have days when we get so wrapped up in the adventure of creating the art that we forget to record the journey.
I normally drawing folks on the BART during my daily commute. Today I decided to add color to one of my drawings. I drew the two ladies that were sitting in front of me (I'm not completely sure if they knew) with the intentions of painting the image when I got to the house. After I finished a loose drawing I photographed them with my phone. I would post the photo but I think that would be invading.
I started out with an underpainting of Phthalo Blue (green shade). I used Liquitex Slow Dri Blending Medium... it helps when glazing and also gives you a bit longer drying time. I did this in a Moleskine 5” x 8 ¼” sketchbook. Took about an hour or so.
It's always been a comforting event to purchase a new sketchbook. Recently I bought a new sketchbook. I decided to get a Moleskine since I am painting a lot more. I needed a book that would be small enough to fit in my back pack but still provide heavy weight paper for acrylics and other mediums. They do cost more than the average book of it's size (5” x 8 ¼”) but when you look at it like carrying lots of little canvases on the go, it all make more sense. So far so good - this is my first painted sketch in the book and it handed the acrylics well. It's a painting of my wife on the laptop adding music to her iphone.
I will be purchasing more of these books in the future although it will take a good while before I finish this book. I will be painting over images that I am not pleased with. This is a technique I picked up from look at the online sketchbooks of "Kent Williams." It's very important that you look at other artists and learn from them, pick up good habits etc.
I drew this guy on the Muni bus (71 haight) on my way to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco one morning. I was teaching a 1 day workshop at Sharon Art Studio that day. The bus was extremely packed and I was so pissed because there was lots of people smashed against me. I pulled out my little drawing book and a Japanese brush pen and went to work. I held on to the pole with one hand and the book at the same time (as the bus rocked from the drivers jerky stop and go tactics). I drew as best I could with my hand in a really cramped position. It was more a test to see if I could capture likeness through a direct line drawing from observation with pen given all of the distractions. A couple people watched as I carved the young lads image out of the manila page with bold, confident brush strokes. Fun Stuff For Sure.
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