Monday, January 30, 2012

Grey's great

 What a smile
Black marker and watercolour
on Arches watercolour paper
3 x 5 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
David 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
of that.

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.


David Lobenberg said...

Bella, bella!

Barbara Muir said...

Now that made me happy. Thanks David. Like the Martini glasses too. You must be such a great teacher. Look how far your influence is spreading.



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