i've had a bit of a dry spell. i think i needed a little break, as i had been going non-stop making art for over 2 years. we decided to have our invitational this holiday season, so there was really no need to push for the winter show. so i made ornaments for the shop, and stopped there.
my husband asked me the other day if i might consider making some art for christmas presents this year. and since it was snowing today i decided to stay in and paint. nothing grand, but it was good to get the brush moving. i decided on a small piece using gouache on black paper.
the first two shots show the work in progress. i draw with graphite on the black paper, and then fill in color on either side of the line, leaving the black showing. it's a really fun process. i will tell you that my eyes are crazy tired when i am done, though. the last step is to erase all of the pencil so it looks finished. i like the almost naive look the slightly undulating black line gives. this one is about 5x5 inches, and took me a couple of hours. i use acrylic gouache, which is like really nice tempera paint. it's really opaque and has a matte finish, which i love.
that's all for now. time to put it in the frame and wrap it for the receiver!!