This is an experiment: a new technique and a slightly new style I’m trying. Same old subject matter.
The September meeting of the Pittsford Art Group included a demo by Stu Chait, abstract watercolorist. He drops paint onto a flat surface by either squeezing the paint out of a big brush, or pouring it from a cup.
I thought this might work well for an idea I got at the Roco 6×6 show. I was inspired by this portrait at the left, and so I thought maybe one could combine Chait’s abstract big drop idea and Sarubbi’s high-contrast simplification. I ended up modifying it significantly as you see, by putting in eye and ear color, and I chickened out on leaving the chest all white, instead putting in a light drop-in of the same colors to set the chest back from the face. I loved how the “black” came out, and that has no subtle shading on it on purpose, requiring the shape to tell your eye what the form is. I feel I made the background too bold, but other than that I like it. I did the whiskers with white gouache again.
This work is painted with 4 colors: Intense Blue, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Deep, and Burnt Umber, the “black” being all but Yellow Ochre. I almost never use more than 5 colors in a painting.