Archive for May, 2009

Soul Chicory’s Portrait
watercolor pencil on suede

Yeah Okay, so it’s not much to look at yet. This is the very early stages with only the base coloring in.

Spring is here with so much going on (like putting in new fence line for Chicory’s pasture) I have to be even more diligent in setting aside some creative time. (Not to mention blogging time.)


The other bit of news is while at my recent trip to Wet Paint (the best art supply store in the area) I picked up a few water soluble ink pencils made by Derwent called Inktense. They are touted as being like watercolor pencils except better, in that they have a more intense color.And that after the color has been wetted and then allowed to dry, it becomes permanent. So, in theory you can layer on more colors without things becoming muddy.

So far I like them. SInce I’ve only played with them on the suede however, I can’t really say if they are superior to the watercolor pencils but I’ll let you know when I find out.

Oh and why do I think Wet Paint is the best art supply store in the area? Because it has open stock (the ability to just buy an individual item without committing to a whole set) on just about everything. Because I was able to buy open stock, I tried out Faber Castell WC pencils (and then bought the set) and all my oil pastels sets were first tried out as a few sticks of color bought as open stock from Wet Paint.

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A New Project

As it was Sunday I decided to begin my portrait of Chicory. I got it drawn out and traced over to the suede board. But since that is all that has happened I didn’t bother to take any photos.

This is finally the realization of a study I did of him about 10 years ago. (Image color is way off here.) We were just beginning this “art thing” that we do, and we needed some images in print. (At that time we were pretty much doing only 8 1/2 x 11) So we printed it. And it not only sold, but it sold well. This is a large part of why I haven’t redone it in all these years. The “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” concept.

Well it’s time has come. It still sells really well but at this point the quality level is far below my current standard. It’s not a bad image, it just no longer looks like my work, technique wise.

Also the only complaint I ever received about it was it is too small. Which it is. The original measures only 5 1/2 x 8 inches. The new and improved Soul will be about 15 x 20. (nearly life sized)

Initially I thought I’d invert my reference photo (photo above right is the inverted version) so it would match the direction of my original study (Of course I’d flip the markings.) I like him facing that direction since people read left to right it allows the eye to travel easily.

However I decide to leave it in the direction of the original photo so it would distinguish itself from the study.

So there you go. As soon as I have something worth taking a work in progress photo of, I will.

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