Art - it’s an audience that completes a work...
art awakens the senses
composing reflections from life's reasoned fences
encoded skill and mind is the foundry
beyond the grip of night's emotional boundary
A New Old Friend... presented in stages of development
January 23, 2020 - Sketch stage 1
It's been decades since my last painting project so I don't want to bite off too much. I think it will be fun to revisit an old favorite subject. Not much to look at in this initial stage but it's a good start.
February 7, 2020 - Sketch stage 2
I made some progress today. As you can see, I decided to add beefy hind legs... I don't have a master plan for this work so I'm just going to be winging it. My wife noticed they look like human legs. (maybe it's my alter ego)
February 8, 2020 - Sketch stage 3
I added more surface area to the wings to compensate for the beefy legs. Since I don't have any sort of plan I'll just keep winging it.
February 9, 2020 - Watercolor stage 1
Let's not get too fired up over this. At this point I'm feeling like a rusty old nail that's been a long time buried in the backyard. Let's see how the painting develops over the next two stages.
March 5, 2020 - Watercolor stage 2
Decided to try out watercolor pencils at this stage to see what this rusty old nail could do with them.
March 6, 2020 - Watercolor stage 3
I decided to stop. Well... it's not terrible for being out of the saddle for such a long time. I may try this same subject in acrylic on acetate next. Got to get all the wheels greased.
April 23, 2020 - Acrylic and ink on acetate
I decided to name this guy "COVID" after the pandemic we are battling. I'm also naming him "VAMPIRE" for reasons outlined on my Facebook page. This was a refresher project for me so I hope to do even better as my technical rust begins to dissipate.