I will just do this quickly--I got to go out one afternoon with Oil painter, Ray Freeman just before our most recent snow. It was a sunny PM, and we just went up above the ranch, under the trees and in the sagebrush. As usual, I had a hard time settleing on a subject to paint, but then, the subject is always the light---So, I looked at the afternoon light. Ray was also impresssed by the late PM sun-rays. This is what I came up with. I did paint on a small 9 x12 canvas board by Blick--with a raw sienna toned gesso over it. I like that very much, and the paint didn't soak in as fast. Now I have 3 attempts! and am very into do more. Today I got a goose-down set of bib-coveralls for cold days! Imagine. A cousin passed them on, and tho they are very large, they should work.
Snow expected again tommorrow so I will do some drawing and pastles in doors. ' till next time!!!
Happy New year to all of you Artists out there, and many more. I do hope you made it thru the Holidays in good form. I had set aside doing artwork for the time although I did keep up with my drawing! To me, its the most important thing you can do along with reading about art, and thinking. I found myself hiking with all the family dogs one afternoon, which lead me to drawing some of them. I found some puppy pictures of the youngest, a Lab belonging to my son. Remembering a wonderful pastel by one of my most favorite artists', I began to wonder if I could even do it, create a painting of a very young innocent pup! Well, one must try! Especially if one doesn't like being cold outdoors! This is about 11 x 14 and is done on a greyish-purple canson paper.
This was the drawing, with a charcole pencil. I have read, and have been told if you use charcole, it will muddy your pastel color------then I have been told by others that it will not, charcole and pastel go together nicely. So, to me, the only thing you can do is to try it!! I have found using charcole to start a pastel on canson works wonderfully! Here, I am trying to get the expression I see in the dog from knowing him!And I hope I have gotten that! Boomer is 2 now, and quite big! He was a big puppy, too, with a large square head that I wondered if he would ever grow in to. I love dog-sitting him, his love for life is quite apparent!