The First Chord

….it’s a Bm7th.

Hello!

Recent painting finished. I show the process from wrestling with the composition to the classic ‘draw shitty thumbnail ideas and realise a week later they’re exactly what you need to do after meandering with other ideas’.

Enjoyable times had.

Firstly get hands dirty…

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Finished painting…

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Initial thumbnail drawings..

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…later meanderings…

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…initial attempts of composition. I’ve long passed fighting the “This looks SHHHHIIITTTT!!!!!”. It happens. It looks shit. You work through it and then..BOOOOM!!: a lovely drawing.

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Here’s the drawing that then makes you feel “I can work with this. Yeh, it looks cool. Let’s crack open High Voltage by AC/DC a bottle of San Miguel and PAINT!!!”

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Finished drawing in grid form for transition to canvas:iolo_edger_painting_bridgend_the_first_chord_18

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Here’s the finished painting again:

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I believe Georges Braque was right when he said your painting is determined by its ‘grounds’. To quote Randy Pausch “If it’s going to be worth our time, then it’s going to be worth our time…”.

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I love seeing the ‘primer’ stain through the canvas. Gesso comes second!

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On another note here’s a drawing using silver point, sterling silver! It’ll be interesting to see how it oxidises.

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