What a smile
Black marker and watercolour
on Arches watercolour paper
3 x 5 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012David Lobenberg is an artist whose work inspires
me again and again. He's great with acrylic, fantastic
with watercolour, and can paint anything -- but is
especially captivating with portraits. Lately he's
been doing spectacular work in watercolour -- dazzling
David is a big believer in grey scale. Working on value.
I have spent most of my life in value aversion therapy,
and find I do love thinking about value when it's attached
to a colour, but I want to free myself from all hold backs,
so why not plunge in I thought.
On the weekend I bought a tube of Payne's Grey, and
the other night did this small portrait of a friend, using
that colour exclusively (as David recommends) with
a black marker drawing underneath. There will be more
In the late afternoon today we had real winter, and I drove
home from my long day at school clutching the steering
wheel. We've been beyond lucky this winter -- I think
this is the first real snowfall yet, and only the second
day of freaky driving. That's probably a bad sign for the
planet, but it has been a treat.
Have a working-on-your-values day.