First, I want to say " Thank YOU for all the comments and likes" on my watercolor painting of Jackie, my sister in law. I am so appreciative of each and every one. Your comments and likes keeps me encouraged and grateful for the support you give me and my art journey.
Yes, this is Jackie again! She is such a good sport to let me photograph her. I have several photos from the photo session with the hats. So here is a digital drawing done on my IPad in Precreate.
I haven't painted a watercolor in a while so I enjoyed creating this one for me and for the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment. A woman proud, confident and content about who she is. The model is my sister in law, Jackie and she's a great subject with the best smile. In celebration The 2Rivers Society of Painters is planning a show in August at the Smith Trahern Mansion in Clarksville. This is first piece I've completed for the show. I really need two more. I don't have a title just yet. Any suggestions
I want all my pencils sharpened and ready to go. After a drawing my pencils look like the pic to the left. So every pencil, and this is going to be a charcoal, has to be sharpened. I don't want to have to stop in the middle of my work to stop and have to sharpen one. I always have one on stand by.
Before I start, I test each one on the paper I'll be using. I want to check it on the colored paper because I do use a few color pastels in shadows and highlights. I also check the pencil that might have a hard place in them, that's bad news for me. They can actually cut the paper. I want to get rid of any that are bad.
So I sharpen them all! so they are ready to go.
It looks like a lot of pencils. As soon as the tips start to disappoint me, I change to another without any interruptions.
And at the end of the day, I sharpen them all for the next day's work
From time to time I get a pencil like the ones on the left. They have been dropped and they are broken all the way through. I try to sharpen them and it's no use. The leads break off before you can finish. If you do get a point on them and you start to draw they will break and make a mess on your drawing. That's another reason to test the pencils.
By the way, these pencils are not cheap. I get so angry at myself when I drop one. I keep a rug under the drawing board and that helps.
This is an adventure for me, something I've always wanted to do: to be a real Artist! So I rented a studio, lets see how it goes.