Another variation on a bird

This is a bigger format on canvas, based on a drawing made for Hello Every Sunday, week 7.

Acrylic, pencil and pastel on canvas

It was a test before making an even bigger version on canvas. I wasn’t sure how the technique I use on paper would turn out on canvas.

Since working in small formats, mostly due to a lack of space, I’ve been using acrylic a bit like watercolor, and pencil to create most of the shadows. I like to smudge it to create texture and blurry areas.

This canvas is lot rougher than paper and the pencil didn’t hold well. I had to work with acrylic for the dark sections and shadows, which rendered a cleaner look (I prefer it a bit “dirtier”). I also found out that diluted acrylic is in part repelled on the type of gesso that was applied on this support and I had to paint the surface two or three times before I got where I wanted.

Black, Grey and White

La Datcha: Marbled clay bowls and a black plate
Transparent glaze on marbled clay (#542 and #910) and black slip plus transparent glaze on #910.

La Datcha: Marbled clay bowls

Marbled clay bowls, and a black plate that I’ve been wanting to make for a while…

And I was anxious to see how these would come out of the kiln, but I’m still not satisfied with the results. Here is the before:

Decorated plates and tumblers

And the after.
The goose was a total loss :-(.

If you read these lines and you have a recipe for a transparent glaze that will give crisp and clean results at cone 6, (or a special way to proceed), please contact me. I will be forever grateful!

DIY Postcard Swap 2017: Look What the Cat Dragged in

Postcard Swap 2017 and HES Week 16
Acrylic, pen and pencil on cardboard

Well, this is it! The drawings for the 2017 iHanna’s DIY postcard swap are done.

I strayed a bit from what I had in mind when I started, but color just had to find it’s way in. So did the cats (that I surprisingly rarely draw). Since there are only so many hours in a week, this is Hello Every Sunday, week 16 as well!

Postcard Swap 2017 and HES Week 16

Postcard Swap 2017 and HES Week 16

Postcard Swap 2017 and HES Week 16

Color Chart

Color Chart

My sister commissioned a painting for her apartment, based on these drawings. It’s been a while since I’ve worked on a big format (36″ x 36″), so I had to dig out my old Liquitex bottles that were aquired in the early 90’s and test to see if I needed to update my stock.

Surprisingly, most of them are still OK! Some are a bit smelly, some are a little clumpy, but workable. At first, I thought I would have to buy new colors, more to the taste of this century, but after making this color chart, I found that once mixed, the possibilities are quite interesting.