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.
portrait by Leanne Sarubbi
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.
This is a commission piece. Noelle looks like a very sweet dog.
I used gouache in a painting for the first time, to do the white whiskers. Usually I use a razor blade (scratches away the paint revealing the white paper) but it wasn’t doing what I wanted. Masking fluid never does what I want. Gouache is an opaque watercolor, so it can be used on top of any color.
I was chicken-sitting for neighbors one winter a few years back. There had been a lot of snow and while the chickens loved to peck the snow, it was way too deep for them to walk in, so they had been stuck in a small patio I was shoveling for them.
This was the first warm day and the snow began to melt around objects such as this free-standing door. They were thrilled to sneak along the edges of the snow and peck in the dirt for greens and roots.