I know you’ve just been sitting on the edges of your chairs waiting to see what was going to become of that big beautiful breast cast, so I thought I’d post a few pics-in-progress.
When it’s really nice out, working outside keeps me from feeling too sorry for myself. Normally I’d start working on a painting with really tight sketches, every little thing planned out, etc. but I wanted to be more free with this so I just started drawing directly on the cast. I’m kind of addicted to Caran d’Ache Supracolor watercolor pencils — you can just wet and wipe off anything you don’t like.
What was in my head while I was drawing? This:
And what I ended up with that afternoon was this:
They started out as secret sippin’ squirrels but I’ve painted squirrels and the shape wasn’t working so they started changing into beavers — ’cause I’ve never painted a beaver before… well, you know what I mean! I’m talking about these guys —
A beaver’s ability to change the landscape is second only to humans: there’s a beaver dam so big you can see it from space! And they mate for life. Their big beaver ancestors were building dams ten million years ago, and I mean big — the Miocene beavers were 7 feet long, and ancient tribal cultures used their teeth to hollow out their canoes. To sum up: beavers are cool.
By the evening I started blocking it out with some black, the flames changed a bit…
And yup, I’m sitting on the floor. I have desks and tables (several, right here in the studio!) but honestly, they tend to get heaped with stuff and it’s usually easier to just work on the floor. I’ve been doing it forever and it’s actually more comfortable for me than sitting at a desk. Plus then I don’t have to deal with any of the growing, teetering piles of stuff. I started to clean out the studio a couple weeks ago but I sorta stalled out…
Some underpainting color will come next, I’ll keep you posted. (If you have no idea what all this is about, just look here!)