NOTE: For those that might be visiting from Restore Oregon,
I am speaking largely to other painters and student painters in my blog.)
I’ve rarely worked toward a goal/deadline in my painting life.
(I do it all the time in my working life, above.)
That is, there is a desired result at the end for a “client,” here, Restore Oregon.
I am creating a series of images for them to raise monies to restore properties in need.
It has a very different feel to it, both in the choosing of the images
(in this case, historic images) and how I approach them.
I want to let go and simply see the subjects and respond;
Deadlines can be motivating or distracting….
I started with the most difficult subject for me,
especially as I tend to paint brightly colored or urban images:
Upper Sandy Guard Station Cabin, built in 1935.
It was chosen as one of Seven Endangered Places in 2014 by Restore Oregon.
When approaching a deadline, I’ve always been a
I began with a pencil sketch that sat for the longest time because I simply had
no way into this subject matter… wood and stone and forest oh my…
Restore Oregon provided reference photos:
Then I bought the loveliest ink, De Atramentis Tobacco ink, which moves into your watercolors and is the sweetest brown and smells like the pipe that might have been smoked in this cabin.
I had my way into the image.
I began playing with the watercolors that I saw in the reference photos, and saw lichen and quin gold and diopside and peimonite and pipestone and hematite, all mixed into the tobacco ink!
I inked the moveable Tobacco, and a few hard lines in
De Atramentis Document Brown ink (waterproof).
These images are donated to raise money
for Restore Oregon at the
Restoration Celebration, November 11th, 2016.
Strathmore or Fluid Cold Press watercolor papers, with a Pentalic 2B woodless pencil,
Noodler’s or Pilot pen with De Atramentis Tobacco ink,
Platinum Carbon pen with De Atramentis Document Brown ink; watercolor pencils;
Sennelier, Holbein, QoR, M.Graham, and Daniel Smith watercolors.
©D. Katie Powell.
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