I have always drawn freehand. This means no outside aides such as projectors or outside electronic devices. Now I’m on a venture to get bigger and bigger in my artworks and I need to at least make my photo and apply a grid to it so I can get my proportions correctly. Yesterday I spent 3 hours drawing and erasing a medium sized layout on watercolor paper. It was a nasty experience and I still don’t have it right, so I’m feeling frustrated. The last time I used a projector was in 2004 when I painted a several big oil paintings.
This was a very large oil on linen that a good friend in Washington is holding for me. It is rolled up in a tube with a few other big oils and someday I will arrange to get them back to me in Mexico. At the time, I had an old projector and I remember that I hung the linen on the wall and did an outline of the composition in oil and the color I recall was burnt umber. That’s all I can remember at the time. But I think I worked on this painting a really long time…..maybe a few weeks.
This original oil is for sale through Fine Art America. Once again I am toying with the idea of going back to oils but right now I have a major focus on watercolor as I feel I need much more attention to getting better and better at the elusive water media. Someday I will clarify what my major medium is. I feel happy in a way that I have been lucky enough to try so many things: ceramics (15 years), watercolor (35 years), oils (2 years), scratchboard (20 years), pen and ink and pencil (50 years), digital art since 2001), and now I’m back to watercolor. I have over a lifetime into art and drawing and still feel like I’m in my infancy.
I know it’s a well documented idea but it’s important to never compare yourself and your life to others. Just focus on the here and now. I need to heed my own advice. One thing I am know is that I had classical artistic training that I am grateful for it every day. Sometimes when I see what kind of art people are doing now, I feel very out of touch. It is not that I don’t understand digital art–I do but I always prefer the hands-on process. For today, I need to get pencil to paper and get my proportions correctly . Tomorrow I can worry about the rest of the world and my life. Blogging is good for a rant and eases the pain of insecurity.