I've been working lately with hand made surfaces. Mixing a toothy acrylic medium (usual Art Spectrum clear primer) with an assortment of acrylic or other pigments, it is thinned and applied loosely, leaving a random brushy texture. The pastels are very responsive, and I'm liking it a lot. This 12 X 18 painting is based on "Interplay I" , done a year or so ago. I really like doing painting based on previous images. I'm intrigued by the generations aspect.
For class demo, I talked about developing concepts with small quick sketches. These two, based on "The Thin Red Line" photograph were part of a series of 3-5 minute pastels.
This one, based on the same photograph, was developed in the Brushes App on the iPad for "Painting with Pixels" class demo.
I like to do series of quick sketches based on the same concept. The variations tend to flow easily, and it's satisfying to see where it goes. I never feel like I do enough variations, though. I always think the next one will be the best. Quick sketch sessions are the most fun I have as an artist. I also like the way these become generations, and each generation has it's own character.
Nancy Freeman is a native of California who lives now in Washington, DC. A lifelong artist, she paints portraits and other commissions for a living, which keeps her traditional skills tuned and supports her decades-old obsession with computer art, and pastel painting.
She is currently using her 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th computers, but remembers when Dick Tracy had to make do with a two-way wrist radio.