Thursday, June 6, 2013

Day 43--Bottles

Continuing the theme of light color on dark ground. Also the theme of how freaking hard it is to get the perspective right when you're drawing dark on dark. Note to self--sketch in wth white or gray-toned brushstrokes next time.....

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Day 41--Coffee

A fraught subject. I love coffee. I love the taste, the smell, and most of all the caffeine. The lovely, lovely caffeine. So naturally it was a bit of a shock to find out a few years ago that instead of having a bunch of allergies to mold, pollen, cats and so forth, I was basically allergic to two things: wheat and coffee. Considering that these were my baseline diet at the time, I took it relatively calmly. Nowadays, I subsist on beans, rice, Korean rice cakes, arepas, kimchi, laab, and strong Assam tea and that's, really. But I still like the smell of coffee, so I like making it for my wife first thing in the morning since she, at least, can drink it.

Anyhow, I love the little clamp-top container she stores it in and have wanted to paint it for a while.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Day 40--Skull on Brown

OK, I made a mistake and bought a gallon of chocolate-brown exterior latex instead of white. I intended to use it to add some extra primer to the panels I use for my daily paintings, since the texture as they come from the manufacturer is sort of....awful. Upon opening the can and realizing that it was now unreturnable, I briefly considered painting my house brown, but realized that it would be an interesting experiment to paint one or two hundred little paintings on a dark ground. Since I'm drawn to lighter-colored subjects: bones, glass bottles, shells; it's got some interesting potential.

This is a painting of one of my coyote skulls, donr on the brown ground. It was a really interesting change from painting on a white ground--I was much more aware of the relative lightness of things, as opposed to their relative darkness, if that makes any sense. I'm also paying an awful lot of attention to the edges and the colors; perhaps more than before, since I'm having to establish them actively rather than getting the shadows and letting the lights take care of themselves.