Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Skating Party--All Done Now
The lone skater in the watercolour version is my husband. I didn't know this when I began it, but the fact emerged. He is not the most co-ordinated man on the planet; he is prone to stumbles, and a little awkward in gate. He falls a lot when skiing, but when the skates are on, he becomes a figure of speed and grace. Ice is his element, where he becomes competent and beautiful and his soul and his body turn and turn in perfect harmony. Hoping I caught that in the image; he likes it, so maybe he noticed.
PS. he doesn't read my blog (it's blocked at his workplace))
It is with great relief that I have the final images ready. I'm done. No more skating pics. I was a little obsessive about the whole thing, and also trying out the same theme in two media. Now that is instructive. Redo's are also instructive. In the past, I'll fight it out with one image, and, regardless of regrets, go on to the next. Not to say I have no regrets, but I am now definitely ready to move on.
The 1st image is watercolour on 140lb paper, 9"x12" finished image.
The 2nd image is coloured pencil on 9"x12" 'burnt-orange' Canson Mi-Teintes paper.
I find the coloured pencil more expressive, as I get to 'play with the lines', and while I find the slowness of coloured pencil can be tedious (especially when I'm concerned with technical bits) I love when I get to the linework, that's fun.