I love working on location. But one of the things I’ve been working on this year is creating in my studio too. I love working on location and how you can “see” with all your senses, and how that informs the work. But when it is cold and windy, or when I am with family, a super-quick piece might be all I have time for.
So one of the easiest ways for me to segue into studio pieces is to be on location and to do a first piece on location. I don’t think of this as a study for another piece so much as a first, immediate reaction. This very quick sketch in a single pen and graphite pencil was done at Carmel on a recent afternoon.
I did this next piece at home soon after, my impressions of my walk and the day still fresh in my head.
I suspect this was a good place to stop. But when I walked by the piece a little later, I wondered what it would look like with an additional colored ink and some texture added in. So it morphed into this.
I learnt a good bit from this process and will be applying it to more pieces soon. It’s not only fun to do a piece over again with different tools and parameters, it also makes me re-live the moment, giving it a second life. And there’s different aspects of the experience and place to be captured in this second take.