Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Down to basics -- the gray scale.

Marker and watercolour on watercolour paper
6 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014
I'm working on the idea for a series now.  At the
thinking stage I dream about what I want to be
doing, and that lead me back to my ocean
series and my dream of one day having a whole
room filled with those paintings. 

When I don't have time to blog, I feel that something is
definitely missing in my life.  So today I was
inspired.  I thought about David Lobenberg
and all of his wonderful studies in grey scale.
(The spelling of "grey" is Canadian.)

In fact I went over to David's blog, and scanned
through past entries (which I've been reading
faithfully since I found David's work).  David is
one of the most exciting watercolour portrait
painters I know.  Always an inspiration.  His
portraits in colour are wildy charged, highly
experimental, and gorgeous.  I am a big fan. 
But David also stresses the importance of grey
 scale painting, and that's a fun change, and
an excellent warm up.

I decided to do a fast grey scale watercolour
sketch as a precursor to my next big painting.
I've also been working incredibly slowly on
a still life that is gradually coming together.

Tomorrow I hope to catch up on your blogs.

Have a planning and then doing day.


Kim Rempel said...

Simple and lovely.

Barbara Muir said...

Thanks so much Kim,

Sometimes working in gray scale is like a jump starter for colour. A break from colour, and then wow!

Love your work.
XOXOXO Barbara

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