A fun exercise where I painted from a cell phone picture on a 5″x5″ canvas. I started with a quick charcoal sketch and then painted directly over that. I say “fun” because I can do it rapidly and there is no expectation that it should be good or meaningful a lot like the photo it’s derived from. I may do more of these and it would be nice to even make a commitment to paint one a week. On second thought I’m not even adhering to my Polaroid a week so maybe I will just keep the idea playful.
A quick sketch I did, I took pictures every minute or so and then put them together as a video. Just a fun exercise as I haven’t used pastels for some time.
I walked past this door as the long shadows of morning stretched across it. I took a quick shot with my cell phone camera for reference with the thought of doing a sketch and possibly a print later. So here is the sketch done in charcoal on toned paper.
There is an enormous tailing pond at the Highland Valley Copper mine and I want to try to create an image that gives a sense of the scale. At this point I’m just exploring the relationship of the elements: the sky, mountains, water and the tailings. I did a small watercolour sketch to start but I think I will need to work some more and decide if it would work better as a print or a painting. The sketch itself doesn’t really convey the scale or clearly define the tailings but that is the point of working through these issues before embarking on a larger piece.
I created this sketch with the idea of making a print, but as with many things in the end it will go no further. This isn’t a bad thing it’s just part of the process. What would be wrong would be to continue, knowing that I wouldn’t be pleased with the result.