Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Things I Brought Back
While I was in New york City I was exposed to so many new things and places and people and found so much thought was unexpected and a wonderful surprise. One thing was seeing all the modern art in person.It really floored me and whether I wanted it to or not it started creeping into my work and now I'm glad it did. Another big thing I brought home was a new approach to line and value. I ended up buying a bunch of brush pens because it was cold and I wanted to do quick sketches and brush pens force you to reduce everything to the simplest lines and values.When I began adding bits of subtler tone to these sketches I was really happy with where things are going.Another thing in New york that was a revelation to me was the Central and South American art work, it bowled me over with it's elegance and humour and strangeness. And finally there was the New York times Op-Ed page artwork. Incredible,funny and kinetic work. There's lot's more that affected me there but this is a list of the big ones. I'll be rambling on about this for some time.
These two pictures were done on the train. They were done with Faber-Castell brush pen and a set of Winsor-Newton travel watercolours. I love painting watercolour this way and may switch from the tubes
Thanks to everyone for for the well wishes while I traveled.