black-and-white

I really enjoy working with charcoal. Probably because I feel comfortable, have a level of practice and hours into working with charcoal.

And I’d like to feel the same about paint. And don’t even get me started on watercolor! That is hard!

I had a gorgeous ruffle-y pink peony from my yard. Was excited try to paint. Less excited about results, working from “real life” (the peony).

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So I switched. I took a photo of the peony (thinking it was going to start to fade and fall apart). Switched from color to b&w and got the charcoal out.

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So then, today at art school, we got to talking about the difference working between real vs photo, and the result was to set me up with a photo of me (he took this a.m.) and I worked in b&w oil paint only. Next step, work from people (in person – not from photos) and see how the portraits change.

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