Another drawing started – such a test of patience working on this hair! If only I’d paid more attention at art school, instead of spending so much time just looking at art. Working with layers of pencil and sumi ink on this one. Using a flat, dry brush seems to help, adding texture without trying to go in and draw each individual hair.
Also thinking of how nice it would be if I could grow out my hair for once. I’m tired of looking like a boy, for now.
Painted in the nettles, finally -
14×17″ - pencil, ink and watercolor on bristol.
I started painting in the warm brown spots before even realizing why -
then remembered the natural sting rememdy of rubbing fern spores on your burns. I can’t remember if this actually makes a huge difference, but – better than nothing, right? Apparently peeing on the stings helps, too – or rubbing on dirt, mud, alcohol – almost anything you can think of! …Ferns seem to be a safe bet, so I’ll stick to them.
Or, blue full-body-tattoo, or pretty close to it. Yesterday I finished this piece, slightly smaller than the other recent fabric collages: 14x17in, pencil, coffee, sumi and cotton on watercolor paper. I would have left the background completely empty, but I had ink smudges (!) that I needed to cover up!
I used left-over coffee to tint the skin, but ended up covering most of that up, as well!