I’ve been working on this off and on for prompts from August. August! Prompts: Fossil, Tool, Feed, Dance, Barbed Wire, Magpie, Paddle, Historic Moment, and Feed. The poem reads as:
A paleontologist dances a jig,
A historic moment has occurred at his dig!
With tools of patience and shovel and brush,
He’s uncovered a fossil with bones […] View
Awesome background texture and color combo!👏👏 How are you able to pick out animal shapes from the first layer wash ? Is there any trick or tips for us ? Or is it that you have drawn so many types of animals that it is easy for you to pick out shapes ? Is it a matter of practice? I can’t help asking…I am a bit curious to know..
It’s looking at clouds and deciding what they look like. The cloud shapes aren’t as defined as they are in the sky, so you look for the hard edges and drips & drabs. For instance, in this painting, off to the right and about even with the top of the tail, there are some brownish spots. They look like eyes to me. The salt I used left lighter areas around those ‘eyes’. There is a distinct edge around the lighter color – the hard edges. Using those hard edges as outlines, I can see the heads of a couple of birds, and a fish head (one for each eye). With the eye farthest from the tail, I see a bird’s head turned to the right, with small wings tucked right behind him and a long wide tail flowing to the top edge of the painting. I think part of this is just practice (like everything else, lol). Over the years, I’ve just trained myself to look for shapes and faces, and now they literally jump out at me.
Thanks a lot Sandra for sharing your thought process while doing this painting… I must confess that I have been dying to know about how you pick out shapes.. as this helps in negative painting as well…
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