10 Oct

There’s a lot of tecchie stuff to do when you’re an artist and today I started scaling up some sketches onto the large pieces of paper I’ve prepared for a series of ‘manier noir’ drawings. I started by soaking some Fabriano Accademica 240gsm and stretching it onto one of my studio walls (good idea to soak the wall a bit first) and when they were dry, gave them 2 coats of acrylic gesso. Then when that was dry, I rubbed the two outer ones with compressed charcoal and the centre one with graphite block and turpentine.

I’ve been sitting looking at them for a couple of weeks now, frustrated because I couldn’t think what to do with them. Then inspiration finally hit today as I sifted through loads of sketches. I now have a good idea of how I want to progress with the series. People sometimes ask me where my inspiration comes from? For me it’s sitting and thinking, searching through reference material; researching from books and t’Internet, but mostly sitting and thinking and not beating myself up because I’m not constantly working on the making of the art.

6 Responses to “Inspiration”

  1. thearthouse123 February 9, 2016 at 20:20 #

    Seems like I take forever to get around to following up on your amazing work. You are such a busy girl I really don’t know how you fit so much into your life.

  2. this is lemonade October 11, 2012 at 01:46 #

    Taking time out from stressing really helps me too. Not reading on my commute or having a break and making a cuppa often is all I need. Glad you’re excited about it again now 🙂

  3. notes to the milkman October 10, 2012 at 22:28 #

    What!? No scribbles today??

    • Rosie Scribblah October 11, 2012 at 06:17 #

      😦 Father-in-law out of hospital, Mother-in-law into hospital – with the lung infection she caught while visiting Father-in-law in hospital, so all a bit bonkers here again. *sigh*

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