I am continuing to explore my sketches done during a performance by Ballet Austin. I love sketching during any event. I have even gotten good at sketching in the dark. I like the line quality you get when you really can't see much of what you are drawing. Masa paper with gesso was my surface of preference because of the irregularities in the paper. It makes one want to explore and get close.
I have missed my exit when it comes to skies like this. I like the various layers of color and the way they harmonized with one another. I also liked the challenge of trying to mimic the textures of the lower clouds. This image was meant for pastels.
I remember seeing these gentlemen at this very location almost every day as I went about being a child in Commerce, Texas. They would sit on the side of the house and check out everything. We lived "across the tracks" and this house is close to them. I took the photo that inspired the painting many years ago...perhaps in my twenties. When I was growing up, I was taught to call our community "the Norris Community". The younger generation refers to it as "the Hole".
A few weeks ago I went to see "Exit Wounds" a production put on by Ballet Austin. I sketched the dancers when I had enough light. This image was inspired by one of those sketches. I found some Masa paper that I had treated with gesso. The underlying image was done with ink applied with a bamboo nib. I later added watercolor and gouache. I tried to maintain the same line integrity that I was able to achieve in the initial sketch.
This is another Ben White sunrise image. I am enjoying this series. This is a gouache painting on blueish grey card stock. When I first opened this image up on my computer the first thought was God's natural abstraction. I of course took license with the colors I chose to use.
Before we sprang forward with our time, this is what Ben White looked liked on my way to work. I loved the way the light was just kissing the landscape...as if saying wake up. These colors make it hard for the artist in me to drive. Self preservation always takes over and thankfully I get to work safely.
It feels as if winter will just not go away. I don't mind much because I like cooler weather. This painting was inspired by photos of a friends ranch when we had our first or second round of snow. Hay bales are one of my favorite subjects. I'm attracted to their imperfect symmetry.