Category Archives: graphite

graphite

Fifty Shapes

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This one is done. I've been calling it “Fifty Shades of Gray-Green”, but more than anything else it's a shape study with a little work on depth. 12×16 acrylic, graphite, and pastel on canvas.

 

 

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It goes this way

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I've started a few canvases as test pieces for a canvas I'm going to do for a friend. I wanted to play with colors and work with modeling paste and graphite…and not think too much. I started two fresh canvases and two that already have paint on them, all four 16 x 20.

I'm playing with sunset colors, the beach, the ocean…

 

 

And adding lines with graphite and then using them as structure for the composition…

 

At this point, I was looking at the piece from different angles,standing back, turning it around and thought 'oh, it goes this way'.

 

And it was practically done.

A lesson in the value of looking at your work from all distances, directions, and angles!

 

Work with Inktense blocks

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Here's something I made with the same techniques I've been using on 5×7 watercolor paper only using Derwent's Inktense Blocks instead of watercolor crayons. My intent is to place a quote on here, eventually, but I've been more inspired to do the art and leave the quote for later. I've got quite a collection of 5×7 pieces waiting for quotes. Maybe I'll finish some up for gifts. Maybe…