ACEO sized, bristol, acrylic gel medium, fine sand, coloured pencil
Today’s topic; frustration
I took half the morning creating a new blog banner. First, finding some artwork low key enough to work as a background but still representative of my characteristic style (low key it is not). Then, struggling with GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program). It’s great, it’s free, but I don’t use the advanced features enough to be able to cruise through the process.
In the meantime, I’m finishing a ‘bit off more than I can chew’ piece. It’s a mixed media, and I’m still trying to pull all the elements together without mangling the surface.
So I sit down, and decide to write my Life Drawing Tuesday pose. What could be easier? Well, turns out I ‘lost’ my scanned image, and since scanning requires booting up the old beast (an old groaning Pentium) I refuse to do so. So much for full length colour sketch that the model actually said she liked (nice ego tickle). Maybe I’ll add it in next week (and I believe Santa is bringing me a new compatible scanner)
The remainder of last week’s session was a bust; I chose a sand-textured paper that I’d been hoarding for a long time. It was velvety black with a hint of violet, and all on it’s own made a nice abstract painting. However, I began badly and finished worse. When I finally decided to ‘give up’, I began a portrait in an unused corner. The above image is a rescue of the ‘long’ pose. Excuses are boring so I won’t go there, but if I couldn’t make wine, at least I ended up with a decent vinegar (I cut out the portrait as an aceo).