Friday, March 23, 2012

Surf and Turf


Recently, Jim and I stopped by a Port Townsend framing shop on our way out of town, and there were scraps of matt board for sale, 10 cents each, in a bin.   Halleluia.   Once home, I pulled out an old elk skull from my studio bins, as well as some shells I'd picked up on the beach in Florida years ago, and did a study in pastels.    It took me coming back to it two days in a row, as the sun had to be just right on the glass tabletop.   Matt board makes a great surface for pastels.   Today I also bought a little stool with a pack under it for street corner sketching, as well as a variety of Liquitex acrylic inks to fill my waterbrushes with for on the go.   Watch out world, you're gonna get sketched!

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  1. I love the way you captured the reflections and the surfaces of the shells and skull.

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    1. Thanks, Joyce! It took many layers of pastel, then spray with fixative, another layer, etc. Also, iPhoto helped it look even better! But the matt board is so nice.... good texture.

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  2. It looks very classically elegant.

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  3. Thanks, Roger... sort of like "Drawing 101". Except there should be an old watering can, or a shoe. I thought about calling it "A Still Death in Blue".

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    1. Thanks, Marian. A yummy title for a not-so-yummy subject matter.

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