This is a painting from a few years ago based on a contour drawing of a still life set up. I was then, and am still, captivated by line. I was learning from terrific artists such as Bob Lysiak and Skip Lawrence…and I can see Bob’s influence here. Though I could have softened edges here and there, what I like is the emphasis on line and color. This is watercolor, believe it or not. Watercolor is amazingly versatile with possibilities all the way from oozling transparency to creamy opacity.
I have recently been reading some books by Charles Reid that I borrowed from my mom. He also loves line, and I’m enjoying the simplicity of concentrating on following contours in and out of subjects, from foreground to background, and even “losing” some lines here and there. I’ve also been enjoying charcoal lately…the approach there is less emphasis on line, more on shape. But even this is enhanced by the time spent with contour drawing, especially if I train my eyes to draw contours of SHAPES, not necessarily THINGS. That would certainly have helped the above painting be more connected, and less cut-out looking. Still, I like that painting for what it is emphasizing…two favorite things-color and line.