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The Midnight Hare, page 25

MH page 25

It is useful for me to put these images on line, as it distances me from them, and I can apply a more critical eye. The next stage is to print out what I have done and assemble the pages opposite each other. I am working on small sheets of paper, and keeping the paintings within a pad, of pastel paper, actually; so I cannot truthfully gauge the effect until I put them together.  In the past, when working on white paper, I did the pictures that were on opposite each other on the same sheet of paper, as I could get books of  watercolour paper that were big enough. I don’t know why I don’t work on a drawing board, I have always preferred to work with books of paper; though now, the studio I work in is too small for a drawing board, when you take into account the box of crayons, the box of gouache, the two paintboxes, the  bamboo serving tray I use for my watercolour tubes, and the box of neocolor crayons, and the waterpots and the brush pot and the pencils etc etc. that have to share the smallish table (which originally was a breakfast table from a bed and breakfast next door in Berwick which closed down) and the two tiny tables which cower in its small shadow. I do have about five blocks of papers on the go with this story, so can offer up images opposite each other; but there will  have to be adjustments.  I seem to have started to work to a specific hardish edge in a lot of the recent paintings, so think I will deliberately loosen this up, though when there are two images on a single page, as above, then a hardish edge is necessary for coherence.  Next week I start work on the four double-page spreads, having ordered some large sheets of paper, and having cut down the cardboard from a large block of watercolour paper to serve as a base. I may work these so that they do not have any kind of a margin.  The paintings are on different coloured papers, though all within a certain range.  This is a bit of an odd way of doing a book, but I can’t see anything wrong with some oddness here and there.

August 12, 2016 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Midnight Hare, page 6

MH page 6

Just noticed a typo, which I can’t change on this scan has the print has been rasterized – that shows me that I will need to read everything through at least four times before I present the final scans.  This is a much looser picture, but I don’t think suffers from this.

August 12, 2016 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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