My goal in 2017 is to simplify. Simplify. Simplify. This quiet word rolls easily off my tongue. But putting it into practice – ahhh that’s another story.
The Inspiration: Sandy the Parakeet was purchased from a souvenir shop on Jekyll Island, Georgia. He is so colorful and life-like. For years he has perched quietly nearby. A perfectly still subject for a sketch.
The Challenge: All I wanted to do was to paint this simple green bird. Simply. But as I worked, Sandy hard, carved feathers became fluffy layers ready for flight. This was unintentional. So I tried again. Simplifying lines and relaxing ink and paint applications.
- Cicadas- Rubbing plate. Watercolor pencils.
- Complex Sandy- Artist sketch pen. Watercolor paint.
- Simplified Sandy – Sumi ink applied with Japanese brush. Watercolor paint.
The Take Away: The slow process of making sumi ink allowed me to meditate on how I wanted to make my marks. Using the Japanese brush helped to place those marks simply.