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.
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.
I know it’s a well documented idea but it’s important to never compare yourself to others. One thing I am know is that I had classical artistic training that I am grateful for it every day.
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Blogging is super for letting out insecurities in your work: we’re artists but we’re human too. Some artists opt for tracing, as their artistic skill lies in the paintwork and not drawing the perfect anatomy. I’ve neglected drawing for many years: I must admit I regret it. There are some things I can draw, some things I can’t. But I paint, that’s what’s important.