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I would have never guessed I would enjoy charcoal this much. I find once I have my music on and charcoal in hand I sink deep into a blissful zone. I don’t claim to be an amazing artist…not even close, but I do enjoy the process. I like where “Art Night” takes me after a very long week. I have a passion for art if you haven’t already noticed. 🙂
This week I created two pieces; one with charcoal and white pastel and a second using charcoal and oil sticks. Recommended by Thomas, I now have titanium white, antique white and two transparent blender oil sticks. They are a little pricy, but well worth every penny.
The tools you see are part of a very large collection from my husband’s antique tool collection, which he uses. For most collections they sit on a shelf collecting dust, but not Marks. He picked out his favorites – a very rare plane, his dad’s axe, a draw knife and a hammer. Our inspiration this week was the artwork created by Jim Dine. I love how he creates such contrast with soft and hard edges and the level of detail is amazing; almost a ghostly mood.
The first one (Axe & Hammer) I created using just charcoal and pastel. What a struggle! I find that the paper arrives at certain point of not accepting charcoal…very quickly. Overall I think I did okay. If I were to do it again I would make the top even lighter. The bottom I feel is as dark as it can be.
The second drawing was created using oil sticks and I love them!! Love!!! They go on like butter. I do need a little more practice using them. The first step in using them is to cover your entire canvas or paper with the transparent oil blending stick. Then sketch your subject matter with a pencil on top. Working back and forth between the white oil sticks and charcoal. Enjoying the process. Before long the oil started drying so I was unable to continue. If I could I would add a sharper edge at the bottom of the plane and create that ghostly mood at the top of the plane. There is always next time…