Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Well, getting on with it. Unlike in my friend Paula's oil painting of these draft horses, I have decided to make them a secondary subject in my work with the emphasis being on the crows in the foreground. The landscape is playing a bit more of a role in my work as well. Working in a black and white medium as opposed to a color medium like oils, contrast and textural 'play' is what gives interest to graphite work and so I will play up the contrast between snow plugs and grasses and light and shadow being cast by the late afternoon sun. The dark birds will also, in the end, help to move one's eye through the work - at least that is the intention! We shall see if I succeed in that.

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