I've been distracted from posting anything new lately for a handful of reasons. Fortunately, one of those things has been preparing an absurd number of new surfaces to start painting on, so it shouldn't be long until I have plenty of new projects started. At least, that's the plan. Until then, here's a quick monoprint of thistles. As possibly mentioned in previous posts, I've really been enjoying looking at landscapes on a much more micro scale, so this is a start in that vein.
Prints are still in the works, but it's not too often that I do much with figures, so I thought I'd share today's painting. Rain and cold put a end to any beach plans that I might have had, so instead I sketched with a friend in a local coffee shop. Having seen others use it in the past, I decided to try painting with coffee. Although fairly similar to most inks or watercolors, I found a few differences in working with it. The coffee had a tendency to pool at the edges, rather than dry into a more even tone like most inks would and seemed slower to dry. Also, where as inks and watercolors can layer on top of themselves to create a range of tones, the coffee I used was pretty limited in this regard, meaning that the sketch stayed fairly light. Although I'm not particularly concerned, coffee isn't particularly archival, so it probably won't have the permanence of inks. All things considered, I enjoyed the small differences and might give some more non-traditional media a shot in the future.
Dropped off some paintings today, time to make some more. I'm still kicking around ideas for new paintings and doing some concept sketches. Perspective is always interesting to me, so I've been looking at Tiepolo, whose dramatic perspective and angles I really enjoy. Here's a charcoal sketch of some Tiepolo inspired clouds that might make its way into a painting, one way or the other.