Monday, May 21, 2007

Portrait


















Experimenting on watercolor paper with Dr. PH Martin's inks, using the little plastic dropper to apply the lines...forces you to stay very loose and causes unexpected drips and wiggly lines. I'd like to use this technique more--it's fun.

I did this as my entry to Damien's competition. I rather doubt that he really does look like this, but still...

(Please click image for larger version, where you can even see the pencil lines.)

10 comments:

Goobeetsablog said...

very unique.

DW said...

Those lines look great. I love your experiments :)

Chrissie A said...

Thanks, Daryl and Brian! :)

Per H said...

Lots of good stuff in here! Thank's!

Logan said...

hey this is Logan from the Con. you bought one of my paintings. and i have to say...wow. your art up here is incredible. love your water colors, especially cause i am rubbish at them. keep up the awesome work and ill be forced to keep commenting them.

Chrissie A said...

per h--thanks for the comment!

Hey, logan! Thanks and I'm really glad you stopped by!

Looks like you're gonna start your own blog--that's great! I'll be watching. :)

GhettoFab said...

love the effect you get with that technique. Beautiful stuff miss chris!

2danimator said...

i've got a set of dr ph martins laying around my house somewhere but stopped using them after experimenting with an unsuccessful painting. your painting will inspire me to take them out again. i hope there's no expiration date, they are about 15 years old. :)

how do you keep the dye from sticking to my brushes? please explain your process if you've got time. thanx.

Chrissie A said...

Vern--yeah, many of my martins inks were really old, from 'art school' days...but they just needed a bit of shaking up, or a bit of water added if dried out...they came right back to life. Also I treated myself to a whole bunch of new colors a few months back...almost too many, since I now spend a LOT of time going through all the colors, choosing the ones I want. :)

As for the dye on the brushes--I wish I could help there but I'm stumped. I'd forgotten how they stain until I used them this time around...my lovely flat watercolor brush has turned green...I'm still experimenting with cleaners, though, and I'll let you know if I find something that does the trick!

(My cat happened to walk through my painting area when I had my back turned and her right hind leg has been a bright shade of yellow for many days now...I'm thinking it may be permanent...heh heh)

Chrissie A said...

Mel! Thanks for the comment! :D