With several sunny days in a row, I have made a good start on “Needing Paint,” although as often happens, it has gone in a different direction than I expected – staying more as a colored drawing for now.
I started on the 30th, just after posting my discovery of the motif. I chose to work on a square piece of MDF board with no coating so that I could try sketching with pencil and watercolor crayon on a firm, dark surface. For many years I have enjoyed working on similarly colored paper, going straight for the light colors instead of building up darks. My intention was to try sealing the drawing with a newly discovered clear Gesso (usually a pigmented white base for painting that helps the paint adhere). And then work with the contrast of the remnants of the underdrawing with the more finished paint on top. Well, I haven’t sealed the surface yet because I am liking the texture as it is. I still may try the Gesso layer and do more painting.
By the time I settled on a composition, the afternoon patterns of light and shadows had shifted too much to look at color, so I concentrated on the drawing elements and just s suggestion of the shapes of sky that would be paler than the front of the main house.
Spring in Saratoga seems to last only a brief time – from bare branches to completely full masses of green in a 10 days. So early in the morning and late in the day, when I’m not working on this one, I’ll explore some other subjects. On errands today I became intrigued by all of the flowering trees all over downtown and will both photograph and paint them. They are difficult as a subject because they are so picturesque. But worth a try. Anyone who is following this blog could leave a comment about their favorite flowering tree or group of trees around town.