Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Big decisions, small paintings

It's the end of the school year, and the
end of high school for Sam. Today Sam is in the enviable position of having too many choices as he goes
forward in school.

He's loved his high school years, and choosing a university is a big step.

Here's a little painting I got
working on at night, after everyone
had stopped debating which was
the most intelligent choice, and gone to bed. I think I'll call it night kettle. Our electric kettle is modeled on the shape of the old kettles you used to boil on the stove. As you can see this is a tiny work. I'm trying to break out of my primary colour bias and use
grey. I can't say that I've got it
working yet, but here are the
first two stages.

I drew the image with a Sharpie
black pen on a small, gessoed canvas.
Then I began with a yellow and
light robin's egg blue ground. In
the second photo I'm beginning to
introduce a pale, and a darker grey
mixed with a deep Prussian blue for
a dark dark. Now I think I'll resort to my usual palette and bring
in some brights, and sparkling highlights.

Have a neutral day.

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