After a studio art drought, I decided to jump back into that realm today. I’ve been wanting to get my hands dirty with oil pastels for a while as well as use a new art book I got in Florida back in March. So I broke out both today.
A few months ago, a Louisiana friend of mine uploaded the following photo of a sunrise:
This image has stayed with me ever since he uploaded it, and I wanted to try drawing it. Since it was such a pretty day out, I decided to print out the picture (in black and white since my printer doesn’t do color) and head out to draw among the cool breeze.
I will admit, I was a little nervous about sketching from a black and white photo since the color in the original is so brilliant. But as I began laying down the color, particularly for the sky, and smudging, I realized I had a new freedom in picking the colors I wanted the sky to be, rather than painstakingly trying to match the color to the photo. All of the little nuances of color and quirks were mine, and I liked that. I know artists can do that with a full color reference too, but it’s something I struggle with. Working with a black and white image freed me from my inner art critic a bit more.
When I first started the piece, I didn’t really like how it was turning out (as per usual). But the more I smudged and added and got my hands muddled with color, the more I liked my rendition of the original image. I hope you do too!
What is your current art project (in any medium)?