I created this by importing a drawing from my sketchbook into a graphic’s program and then working with layers.
This work is in pastel, charcoal and conte crayon. I really enjoy working on paper and with these materials. There is a directness that comes with pastel. The layers can add interesting textures and complexity.
It’s probably not surprising that the train theme is coming into my work since my studio is right next to the tracks. This painting was made a LONG time ago and hung in my carport for years. Now it’s weathered and cracked and this is adding to the nostalgic feeling of the Amtrak train that was coming into the Birmingham station in about 1979.
The painting below was made in November 2017 and it features the tracks, a railcar and geometry.
I started this painting awhile ago but I wasn’t really happy with it. It’s now closer to my idea.
I am trying to get better at digital art programs. Today I used I-draw which has a lot of capabilities. It took me hours to create something that I probably could do in a painting program very quickly. The advantage of this program is the use of layers. Photoshop and other programs use layers so there must be a lot you can do with them. I’d like to get more gradation in the forms.
I’ve given myself permission to make drawings of whatever and just see what happens. I enjoy drawing the figure from life but don’t often draw without using a model. That’s what I’ve done here.
In 2015 I took a trip to Yellowstone with my family. It was a place I’d always wanted to go but I also wondered if it would live up to my expectations for grandeur and beauty. It did! I started this painting about a year ago but just recently feel that I’ve solved some of the structure, detail and color issues. This trail is on the ridge of the deep gorge called the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.