Relations I – work in progress

Updated: October 9th, 2017

And this is how the whole piece looks. Layer one – an ink drawing on tracing paper. Layer two – a tissue paper collage with grated pastel. Layer three – a canvas.

I need to remember to never, ever use a gel pen of any sort on tracing paper except for small details. The gel stops flowing rather quickly, and after the first time it keeps happening more and more often. No amount of cleaning the ballpoint helps. My next white ink of choice is going to be Derwent Graphik Line Painter.

Updated: October 6th, 2017

Freshly mounted on the canvas.

Updated: September 28th, 2017

White gel is done too, I think. The bright orange paper will not be a part of the final piece, it’s just there to help me see what I am doing with white areas.

Updated: September 26th, 2017

Black ink all done.

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I am starting on the first piece for the upcoming show at the Sherwood Center for the Arts, Four Eights.

Last year taught me that square canvases are not really all that square, so this time I am making each piece of tracing paper for an ink part to match its designated canvas. No more odd paper edges, or so I hope.

And another change I am making concerns the preliminary sketch for the ink drawing. It is now rough and loose, just a general idea of the composition. I used to make a precise sketch and then map it on the tracing paper with sparse ink marks, but it is quite time consuming, so this time I am doing the final ink drawing on top of the rough sketch using it as a general guide.

If the experiment goes well, I will try it on an animal portrait that would be more demanding than branches, leaves and flowers.

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