Last week Rick and I got a sheet of 1/4″ untempered hardboard because I want to use it for my next class assignment instead of painting on unstretched canvas as I have been doing. We cut up a few pieces to the sizes I want and I made this little painting from one of the scraps. I have 3 more little scraps that I am going to paint as a set with this one and mount them together. I now got the bug to keep doing more stuff like this in addition to the portraits I am working on. It’s fun and relaxing for me and I figure all the miles I put on my brush count. I love exploring the effects I can get and of course I can’t play around with paint that way while working on a meticulously executed portrait. I think I will probably be painting on hardboard from now on. I really like the smoother texture and it’s so easy to do my preliminary sketch right on the board itself.
This picture is going to a new home soon so that meant I had to sign it. Signing my work is stressful because I never feel like I can get it to look just right. At least if my oil painting is nice and dry I can wipe it off and do it over as many times as needed. It was quite a problem with watercolor where I got just one try. I signed a watercolor with pencil today- That turned out to be a good solution for me. I envy people who can casually throw off a negligent cool illegible signature. I can only make mine look plain and legible- like signing my homework in grade school. I did practice to figure out what looks the best to me and believe me it looks better than it would if I had not practiced it! I decided to sign my first and last name always because I’m proud to be a woman artist- historically women have had a tough time in the field of painting like in so many areas of endeavor where they have not been taken seriously.
I have been putting in the hours drawing and working on my painting. I told Rick I had planned to post my sketchbook drawings every day but didn’t because they aren’t turning out that well yet. He said, “Post them any way.” So here’s a couple. One of them is a spaghetti squash (I couldn’t work on it that long because I had to get it cooked.) The other is a seashell which I am going to do several drawings of at different angles. I also have 4 practice portrait drawings going and my daily skull drawings which would make you laugh if you saw them. (front view and side view skulls are not that hard for me but 3/4 view seems tricky so I am focusing on that right now with amusing results.) OK back to work.