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Glastonbury: Ink on paper 16x11 inches

, 14:10

Just a complete break for a few days from oil painting, in order to play with something new. I have read several articles on ink and gouache resist techniques but never tried them. They seem to work best with strong shapes and structures, so I dug out a photograph of Glastonbury Tor, famous English landmark, and did a drawing on watercolour paper. The technique then requires the artist to cover over those areas that need to be white in the final picture. The covering is done with thick white gouache paint. Once this is thoroughly dry, the whole picture is painted over with black india ink (waterproof). This must also be left to dry.

When ready, the paper is placed under a cold flow of water and the gouache paint, although covered with ink, will begin to drift off the paper. The ink on top of it will also flow off. Areas that were not painted with gouache will be black ink. However...

The random nature of this process shows that some areas of white will be flecked with black. Also, some thinner patches of gouache will not totally resist the ink and thus may turn quite dark. In my picture, the black patch on the right hand side happened because I did not paint thickly enough with the white gouache.

The overall effect is one reminiscent of a woodcut. The image is stark black and white. It is possible to add colour but the black ink will resist most water-based paints. You might paint over it with thick acrylic, however.

I decided to leave this image alone and not add colour. I may do a second one....it will never come out the same as the first...and try adding colour as an experiment.

A few days ago I carried out another wash for a different subject, which is more complex. It is testing the ability to place black and white areas in the image; sometimes I get it right, sometimes not. The images are far more graphic than "standard" painting; they may help to create new painting ideas for me.

Good fun in between my usual oil paintings.

"Heavy Weather": pastel 12x8 inches

, 20:54

Continuing with some more black and white work in pastel; this piece was derived from recent observations across a local hill;

The paper is Art Spectrum Colorfix. A limited range of pastels was used; some Inscribe greys for the start-off, followed by some Rembrandt neutral-ish colours and Daler-Rowney blue-greys, finishing with some greys and creams from Unison. I'm drying off a small group of oils right now and they'll be ready next week to start scanning/photographing. I've also returned to doing some larger paintings....only a few, for a while....they're rather more experimental and away from realistic views (to some extent). But I'd like to continue with the monochrome theme, so will be looking for new subjects.

"Heavy Weather" will be uploaded to DailypaintWorks toward the end of this week.... UPDATE 24th Feb: I've uploaded it today, here: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/christine-derrick/heavy-weather/450830

Monochrome

, 10:29

Due to people who have loaded my blog with spam messages, I have decided to not accept comments; I really don't have the time to trawl through several hundred spam per week in order to find genuine posters, so regrettably I've had to disable the system. Now... I am taking a few weeks' break from pastels and now doing some drawing instead. I have a fair collection of drawing materials including carbon pencils, water-soluble graphite, charcoal, graphitint pencils and faber-Castell coloured pencils. Usually I am busy with pastels and don't draw as much as I should. This tonal piece is subject-matter away from my usual comfort-zone. I just wanted to get away from colour and do something structured.

Kingston Buildings, Bath : pencil, carbon pencil and water-wash on cartridge paper