(Above) Flower Power
12.5cm x 14.5cm
Mixed media (Caran d'ache Neocolour II water-soluble wax crayons, Daler Rowney FW acrylic inks) on 100% cotton rag, acid free paper (200g).
Those of you who have been following my blog for a while will probably already know that I often work from drawings that I produce using the Handwriting App and stylus of my Sony digital Reader:
The Handwriting App is quite basic as a drawing tool: the actual drawing area available on the tactile screen is very small (about 10cm high) and the line produced by the stylus is relatively thick and invariable. These limitations aside, I enjoy the drawings/doodles that I do with my App and I appreciate being able to print them (to a slightly larger format) on paper for reworking in mixed media. In addition to the drawing that I rework to a painting, I usually also print out 2 copies that I then sign : an artist's proof for myself and an extra copy that is available for sale, if anyone is interested. I then delete all the electronic copies of the drawing so leaving only the hand signed paper versions.
This drawing and its sister painting were based on a thumbnail photograph that I found on the Internet of Leslie Caron who seemed to enjoy wearing hats of various shapes, sizes and colours. Again, I often work like this, drawing from images in the public domain that have caught my attention for whatever reason. My aim is NEVER to produce a copy of the photograph or painting or sculpture that I have seen but rather to draw my response to it, to comment, in line so-to-speak, on what has caught my attention. Of course I am by no means the first artist to do this: Picasso produced a lot of paintings in response to Velasquez' work.
Above: Leslie Caron
(Above right) Picasso's version of the Meninas girl by Velasquez (above left).