Saturday, February 6, 2010

Mixing it up

Sound
mixed media on paper
5.5 x 7.5 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

I have so many ideas that I want to try. And since I am working on my hundred painting project this year, knowing that I have that one clear goal, I feel a sense of freedom to play with these other ideas without commitment. I know, that sounds strange. How could such a huge project free up my thinking for other works? But it has. So there it is.

This is a drawing where I experimented with mixing media. I began with a water soluble graphite pencil, a blue gray watercolor pencil, and a brown Neocolor II crayon on hot press paper. I scribbled in my medium and darker values then washed it with water. While it was still wet I squirted it with water from a spray bottle. After it dried I went back in with a graphite pencil. One idea down. About a thousand to go.

19 comments:

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

It's absolutely STUNNING, Ann. So frosty...

Rose Welty said...

Very creative! Which ws graphite pencil? :D

phthaloblu said...

I really like the effect that came from your experiment. This is so beautiful with the soft edges on everything in the piece. Perfect title for it, too. It's very beautiful.

Teresa said...

I love it! Has such a wintry, still beauty. Give yourself a pat on the back... this is a job very well done! :-)

nanke's stuff said...

It's just lovely. The softness of it just captures the mood perfectly. Very nice, indeed! nancy

Deborah said...

Stunning. I love this - ws graphite just has a wintry feel to it I think, it's perfect for this time of year. Isn't it marvelous! Well-done, Ann. Thanks for sharing and for your comments on my recent posts!

PAMO said...

Beautiful! And the colors are perfect. A great mix of materials. Bravo!

Anonymous said...

oooooooooooooooooooo...very nice, such a wintry feel...lovely colors. another winner!!! deni...;)

AutumnLeaves said...

Ann, this is gorgeous. A truly successful experiment. I love the limited palette and watered hues and values. I think this one is a favorite of mine. There is just something so serene here...something I could use these days. Just simply beautiful!

Jennifer Rose said...

it doesn't sound strange at all actually.the goal helps to focus on other things in your life so you can achieve that goal

very nice piece :)

raena said...

I love the results! It sounds so simple, yet it yielded so much detail!

vickylw (Vicky Williamson) said...

Fantastic -- probably my favorite! It looks so cold and lonely, yet inviting at the same time.

lyn said...

Moody beauty alright!

Dan Kent said...

Love the experimentation. The process is quite interesting and the effect is atmospheric. Seems like so many folks are using water soluble graphite pencils these days - I've got to try it!

curiouscrow said...

I think your choice of media work really well to convey the stark frostiness of the scene. Beautifully bleak!

Laurel Neustadter said...

This is beautiful. I like the subtle colors.

Alex said...

I can't say how much I love it because there's no word for it :)
Simply astonishing Ann, another masterpiece!

Krista Meister said...

Ann, I love your ideas for experimentation! Thanks for explaining your thought process. And I love the end result in the painting. Great quote too, "One idea down. About a thousand to go."

Peachtreeart said...

Looking at this scene really is an experience in following the contours of the softly rounded edges and following you visualization of the water rolling up to shore. Very nice!

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