On a quiet morning, when the sun shines and the birds warble and twitter their first performance the hours fade eternal. I pack my journal, Derwent watercolor pencils, Pilot G-2 07 black ink gel pens, and Windsor & Newton watercolor field kit into Ziploc bags to fend off the constant threat of rain. As I place them neatly in my pack I throw in some Prisma color pencils which I will probably not need. That is the artist’s vice. It’s better to have it than miss it later. Wearing a large brim hat I leave the home and stroll into the woods. I promptly feel the shift in my eye and contemplation. I search for a subject. I might choose a flower, lizard, or spider that appears rare. I seek for the unusual. I seek to find in my encounter a lesson as well. How does this image that I create from this subject interpret itself to my life? What is it echoing?

As I prepare to sketch, everything fades away. I have found serenity, and it is from this place the image travels through the eye, the artist’s eye within, and then back onto the page through a pencil or paint brush. Only then can I fully say “I have seen it. I understand its lines and contours.” There is much to consider as I draw. What areas are darker than others? What colors must I use? Do I have the right perspective? I sketch with ink, but sometimes I combine with brush work. I use watercolor paper, which I buy in large pads, and then fold and cut down to size to create handmade journals. I have designed the journal to open flat, so that it feels like I am sketching on a whole sheet of paper. When creating paintings on canvas, I use acrylic paints. Pilot pens have the right thickness for line sketching. With them I can do line wash drawings, once the ink dries, I can put watercolor washes over the lines and they won’t smudge.  Acrylic paints are similar to watercolors, they can be thinned with water to make soft washes of color and gradually work a piece to a desired hue. This technique is called glazing which is what I often use in my sketches or paintings.

Sometimes image ideas come to mind. These images may come from a deeper subconscious level. I have a separate notebook where I capture these images and later I turn into paintings. This allows me to experiment with acrylics, color, and shape. I take observations from the exterior world, internalize, alter them, and then set them back on canvas. I seek to capture a mood, a feeling I am experiencing, or a feeling I wish the viewer to experience. Yet, recently I have discovered that my paintings do not necessarily remain in a two dimensional plane. In some ways, they can be viewed as ChromaDepth 3D images as well.



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