Saturday, June 30, 2012

Balance

Size: 18x22 inches
Medium: Watercolor & Pencil
Prints and original available -here-


Tried a slightly different process this time, on the recommendation of my friend Allen Williams. I did a much more detailed initial sketch than I usually do, in pencil, with some shading even. Scanned the sketch. Then Allen printed it out with his Epson (I've only got a puny laser b&w printer) onto my Strathmore board, at about 10% of the darkness of the original sketch. From there, I did my usual with watercolors and fixative layers. Though I did bits of shading with pencil here and there as well.

7 comments:

  1. Great picture Steph! ...I think, when you replace pencil for paint, you tend to lose a certain solidness from the colour... I`ve have an epson 3800 17"x 22" printer and have sometimes used it to produce the final sketch, in the way you described above. The inks and the printer is very expensive on the pocket, and can get in the way of your creative process... which you have already got down to a fine art..

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  2. I really love the paintings you do in blues. This is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your gift.

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  3. Beautiful!!!!!

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  4. It's just beautiful and I think it has an amazing depth. Are you happy with the results of this 'different' way of doing things Steph?

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  5. Yes, I am actually pretty pleased with the result, and it was fun to try something different!

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  6. It seems that your old way has more vibrant coloring than this piece, although this is beautiful.

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  7. Interesting. I have recently invested in an Epson Artisan printer. I wonder if it could handle board, or at least watercolor paper, without smudging. This seems like a really cool process to try!

    I'm always drawn to your pieces involving birds and wings (especially corvids). She seems a powerful force among them, turning darkness into light. Always turning, turning. It's so striking how the birds weave organically into the bark and the tree. I could stare at this for hours and find something new. Balance is an apt name for this, I think!

    Wonderful work Stephanie. I have to thank you again for sharing your sketches and thought process. It's so inspiring to me to see how other artists work out their ideas.

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