I’m taking one of my sketches and creating a painting from it. In the past I would just jump right in on the canvas with an idea without sketching it first. Now I’m taking my ideas, sketching them out in my sketchbook, then tackling the painting. Its that extra step that procrastinating artsy types don’t like to do…. aka me. Its an important part of the process I usually like to skip. As I’m getting older I’m enjoying the process more and more, even though I still have that little dull pain in my chest that makes me not want to take those extra steps. I’m hoping after this year that goes away. If it doesn’t, maybe I should get an EKG, haha.
So today I’m sketching out a painting idea of mine. But I’m using a wood panel that I bought from blick. Its an 18 X 24 so its a good size. I really like it so far, mostly because of the rigidity of the wood itself. Its also 7/8 of an inch deep, just like a stretched canvas, which I also really like. My pencil doesn’t indent the surface, and I can lean on it with my arm without worrying about damaging it. So that means I can lay it flat. Which is my preferred way to draw. I like to paint with the canvas up, but draw with the pad flat for some reason. The wood is pre-primed with titanium gesso. So once I get this sketch done I’ll spray it with fixitive and then start adding in paint.
I still haven’t decided if I’ll tackle this one with oils or acrylics yet. I’m having a hard time choosing, mostly because I don’t think it matters. The end result should look quite similar either way. The big question to me is how quickly I want to work on it. If I want to crank it out in a couple days then I’ll go with acrylics. Even though I could still get it done in a few days with oils I prefer to work fast with acrylics. I’ve got the fast working routine down with acrylics, and not quite as much with oils. I like to take more time with oils because I can be pickier with my blending. With acrylics I’d just layer the &$&@* out of it.
I’ll get more into the meaning behind this painting as it progresses. So far, as it pertains to sketching, I love the wood panel. We will see what happens once paint starts going on it. Stay tuned for that.
Stay warm everyone. Winter is definitely here.