Hey there art fans it’s Canada Day!
Although I’ve been wished a happy long weekend about a hundred times this week it feels like a picturesque summers’ day. The recent influx in moisture in our atmosphere has left ordinarily dry Calgary an insanely humid place. This change has frizzed out and breathless, so the only thing I have wanted to do all week was to sit at home and copy what I see from my computer screen. There hasn’t been much down time for me this week though, and I was thinking of a funny joke. (It seems funny inside my head, but lemme know if it makes no sense.) You know how when you get good at something and people tell you that you can quit your day job now? Well I just got two jobs, so what does that say about me :P
Honestly though, I once read that Georgia O’Keeffe said that an artist hoping to be successful, should always have the equivalent of three solo art shows finished at any given time. Now, this artist had great success in the art world, so her advice must be valid, but I cannot even fathom the concept of even storing so many pieces, let alone completing them and remembering all of their names! I’m hopping to gain a bit of perspective this summer as I become more experienced, and hopefully mature as an artist. At this point though, I think I’ll take it piece by piece until I get a better hang of finding the inspiration to start and complete a piece. Maybe have more than one project ongoing at a time? If anyone has any insights for me let me know I would really appreciate it!
Also side note I was looking for her quote so I could make a direct reference, but I had no luck. I would advise however to take a glance at some of her quotes, it really provides a window into her thinking. Spoiler alert, she didn’t even like flowers (head to this link for her quotes: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/g/georgia_okeeffe.html )
I haven’t taken any recent pictures of my newest project while it is in progress, because I letting the anticipation build up for the final outcome. Until then though, I will let you in on the inside scoop on the process as a whole. Firstly, the type of paper I bought looks like an ordinary piece of poster paper, however it is much more textured and is a tint of grey that is leaning towards pink almost. The fact that the paper has color has changed so much! For example now, I’m beginning to realize that the majority of my darkest hues will be created with my hardest charcoal pencil (for those of you who don’t know the softer charcoal is, the darker of a line it will create); This means that my lightest values cannot come by simply letting some of the paper show through, and I will have to draw those in with a white pencil. What I have noticed in the past when drawing in highlights, over top of other black lines is that it creates grey. I know in your heads you are telling me to go back to kindergarten to solidify this concept for myself, but it is actually really surprising when you take a moment to think about it. Consider this: with a medium charcoal pencil you can draw a grey scale with many different shades of grey, but if you put white over top of those shades it doesn’t allow you to see through to the paper anymore, and so you see more of the white pencil. With this in mind, I am thinking that just a tiny bit of white on colored paper, in the midst of all the surrounding shading, will stand out an incredible amount.
With all of this speculation about highlights, I don’t want to mislead all of you I am still very much in the beginning phases of this piece. With that said, I am confident that this piece will take far less time to complete than Tom did. Largely due to the differences in my schedule, and partly because Tom had a lot more time to acquire a great deal of wrinkles on his face, whereas this girl hasn’t.
I hope all of you have been noticing that I don’t have a name for her yet, so if any of you have a suggestion for me drop me a line and let me know! Because once I get in the habit of calling my people by a name, that’s the name the piece will receive.