Art is hard
Gee, I just looked at my last post … I must have been dreaming. Compared to creating the art itself, creating titles is a piece of cake. Art is hard. “If art is hard, it’s because you’re struggling to go beyond what you know you can do.” That’s from “The Painter’s Primer: A Survival Kit” in LINEA, the Art Student League publication.
And if that doesn’t describe what I’m going through right now, nothing does. Two days a week I have an abstract sketch class with Frank O’Cain at the Art Students League. And instead of using the time to paint something on my own with the benefit of his critique, I’ve been experimenting with trying to create an abstract sketch of the model and fabric setup using an ArtGraf water soluble black carbon tailor shape disk and lots of paper.
So, 14 pieces of paper later, I have a grand total of 2 sketches which are acceptable:
I know it doesn’t look like anything recognizable (it IS abstract, after all), but I look at it and I remember the man and his distinctive hair, the stool, the loops of fabric, the easels…
This one looks a little more like something real (a running man), but still pretty abstract.
I like working with the carbon black. It’s easy to work fast (essential with 5- and 10-minute poses) and you can get the dark, solid black just by dipping the disk in water. No details, just basic shapes, of course but, hey, there’s no time anyway.
The challenge for me now: what do I do with these sketches? Sketches are usually a prelude to a painting. How do I transform these into paintings? How do I go from black and white to color? What color(s)? Aargh!
Did I mention this is hard?!? I certainly have my work cut out for me if I continue down this road…