Ink, Watercolor, Oil, & Acrylic


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I came across these pencil sketches while rummaging through papers tonight.  They’re rough and incomplete, but I love the loose quality of the pencil strokes.  We artists are prone to becoming tight, precise, overworking details as we strive to “perfect” an illustration…Sometimes a simple sketch captures more beauty than the finished piece.  I remember walking through the Norman Rockwell museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts several years ago, seeing his oil studies next to the finished paintings.  The same held true even for Rockwell – some studies consisting of a few strokes of color (almost gesture paintings) captured much more emotion than the refined, finished work.

Perhaps some day I’ll turn the above sketches into a finished watercolor illustration.  Perhaps not.  Either way, they seem to tell a story.  I’ll let you read between the lines and decide what that story might be.


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