My interest in art and painting started at a very early age (I have, in fact, a painting (my aunt saved it) on the wall of my office that I created when I was just 3 years old, and it’s actually pretty good, all things considered). As I grew up I continued to draw, paint and experiment with sculpture. My high school art teacher (the renowned naturalist painter, Robert Bateman, no less!) encouraged me to pursue a career in the arts.
When laying eyes on a finely-rendered charcoal drawing, one's first reaction is often awe. Once the awe settles, one's second reaction is often how on earth did the artist do that? While infinite factors play in to creating a beautifully satisfying drawing (proper measuring, composition, gesture, form, light...), it is imperative to set these factors into motion with the proper materials; and when using these materials, one should prepare them in an exacting manner; and for a finely-rendered charcoal drawing, it behooves one to have finely-sharpened charcoal.
For the simple task of creating your own drawing board, it is best to first consider the size of the paper that you will be using for the drawing. For Fabriano Ingres thicker paper, which is 19 ½” x 27 ½”, it would be best to select a surface that is approximately 2 inches higher and wider (21 ½” x 29 ½”). I usually purchase a ½”x 30”x40” piece of black Gatorboard from Daniel Smith, as it is light, sturdy, and can be cut into smaller pieces without the use of power tools.
This under-painting of Aurora is on oil primed linen, 14”x32”. I have found that working large forces me to do a more thorough job on each form before moving ahead. This painting has a grey toned ground about value number 3. (I wanted the background to be a darker value without resorting to a thick layer of paint for my wipeout.)
The Artist's Statement and its purpose
The artist’s statement as informative accompaniment:
An artist’s statement is a brief text meant to explain, justify, and contextualize the work.
It often answers the questions: “What kind of work do you do? And why do you do it?”
A well-crafted and concise statement inspires viewers to gaze more intensely upon the work and enhances their appreciation of it. A poorly crafted and lengthy statement frustrates the viewer and may lead to mockery and contempt.